UPDATE: 'Suicide by Cop' Suspect Was Ex-CEO of Intermountain Gas 

click to enlarge Kenneth Morehouse, 57, is charged with aggravated assault. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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  • Kenneth Morehouse, 57, is charged with aggravated assault.
UPDATE: Feb. 24, 2015

Ada County prosecutors say Kenneth Morehouse, 57, of Boise, had a death wish.

Speaking in Ada County court Feb. 23, one day after Morehouse was charged with aggravated assault on law enforcement and use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime, prosecutors said he may have been trying to attempt "suicide by cop."

Morehouse has since been identified as the former CEO of Intermountain Gas, one of the largest utilities in the Northwest. More recently, an attorney for Morehouse said he had bought a restaurant in Canyon County. 

Prosecutors said Morehouse was currently tangled in a contentious divorce proceeding and had previously been convicted of domestic battery in 2015. 

When Ada County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a man trying to harm himself at a home on West Long Branch Lane, deputies said Morehouse pointed a gun at law enforcement. That's when a deputy shot Morehouse in the shoulder. After being treated for the injury, Morehouse was sent to the Ada County Jail, where he's currently being held on $500,000 bond. He is due back in an Ada County courtroom on Wednesday, March 2.

ORIGINAL POST: Feb. 23, 2015

A Boise man is behind bars, charged with a felony after being treated for a single gunshot wound to the shoulder in an officer-involved shooting.

Ada County sheriff's deputies were called to a home in the 6200 block of West Long Branch on Monday afternoon after receiving a report that a man was threatening to harm himself. Deputies said they spoke with the man and another person inside the house, but within seconds of making contact, Kenneth Morehouse, 57, reportedly pointed a gun at a deputy. That's when the deputy fired his weapon, hitting Morehouse once in the shoulder.  

Morehouse was rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for treatment and, when he was released, booked into the Ada County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault.

The deputy involved in the shooting is a 15-year veteran of ACSO. The shooting is being investigated by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force with the Boise Police Department as the lead agency.
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