Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police


Contact: BPD Media Relations Office
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, May 04, 2018

Investigation complete into officer-involved shooting on 27TH St.; BPD officers cleared

The Boise Police Department would like to thank Idaho State Police, who led the Ada County CITF investigation, and the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney for providing a complete and thorough review of the officer-involved shooting on January 4, 2018.

The Boise Police Department has also concluded an internal investigation into the critical incident and determined that the officers acted within training and policy while defending innocent civilians and other officers.

Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney Jim J. Thomas concluded that the use of deadly force in response to the threat posed by Robert Hansen was objectively reasonable under the circumstances and that the conclusion is amply supported by law enforcement On Body Video and audio.  

What Happened: At 7:43 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018, two Boise Police officers riding together in a marked police vehicle performed a traffic stop on a white four-door Cadillac for cancelled registration. The two officers approached the vehicle and one officer began talking with the female driver about the registration.  A man in the backseat told officers they should back up because he had a pistol. The officers backed up and told the female driver to toss the car keys out the window and get out of the vehicle.  Officers could see the male in the back seat with a weapon. He was moving around in the vehicle, leaning between the front and back seat. The suspect was also seen brandishing the weapon and saying he would not go back to prison. Additional officers arrived on scene and a BPD Sergeant made numerous attempts to verbally de-escalate the situation, encouraging the suspect to let the female leave the vehicle and then surrender.   During the encounter, the suspect was growing angrier and his behavior was increasingly more erratic.  Officers saw the suspect point the gun at himself and then start to point the gun at the female driver. At this point in the On Body Video recording, you can hear the Sergeant yell “put the gun down, put the gun down.” Two officers with a clear line of sight to the suspect and the female, and believing that the female was in imminent danger, almost simultaneously fired their weapons to end the threat. The female driver safely exited the vehicle. The suspect died on the scene.

There were over a dozen officers on scene who were wearing On Body Video cameras that recorded all or parts of the incident.  In an effort to make those videos readily available to the media and the public, BPD has made copies of the videos that most clearly show the incident and those videos are available for pickup by media today at City Hall West.  To receive additional videos please make a public records request here /home/online-services/public-records-request-form/