June 14, 2016 4 p.m.
The Ada County Coroner identified the the man shot by a Boise Police Officer in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday as 50-year-old Noel Rodriguez of Caldwell.
Boise Police said Rodriguez, suspected of drunk driving, had repeatedly tried to use his car as a weapon against law enforcement, ramming his vehicle into several police cars.
BPD said after determining that Rodriguez was a continuing threat to police officers and citizens, one of the officers fired a single shot from his weapon, striking Rodriguez in the chest. BPD said they performed first aid on Rodriguez until paramedics arrived on the scene, but Rodriguez died en route to an area hospital.
It turns out that Rodriguez has just been paroled in February, after spending nearly three decades behind bars at the Idaho State Prison. He had been convicted of the 1987 murder of 29-year-old Rosalinda Sanchez at a labor camp near Wilder. The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole granted a parole petition from Rodriguez in December 2015 and he was released from prison on Feb. 12.
The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force is investigating the incident. Body-cam video of the incident will be included in the review.
June 14, 2016 10:30 a.m.
Boise police confirmed Tuesday morning that the department's new body camera equipment was activated during a pre-dawn officer-involved shooting. The video of the incident is being reviewed as evidence.
Boise police said they received a call of a suspected drunk driver on Brynwood Drive just after 2 a.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived on the scene, they stopped the vehicle but police said the suspect became combative and assaulted an officer with a sharp tool before speeding away from the scene, nearly striking another officer with the vehicle.
A short time later, police located the vehicle near the intersection of Brynwood and Parkwood Street. BPD said, once again, the driver tried to use the vehicle to hit officers. Meanwhile, police reported the driver refused officers' commands and put "officers and potentially citizens in immediate danger." That's when one of the officers fired his weapon, hitting the driver. Police said they rendered first aid until paramedics arrive, but the suspect died on his way to the hospital.
The officer who fired his weapon was identified as Rob Rainford, a five-year veteran of the Boise Police Department with 16 years of law enforcement experience.
The Ada County Critical Incident Task For has taken over the investigation, with the Meridian Police Department serving as the lead agency in the inquiry.
The Ada County Coroner will release the identity of the deceased pending notification of next of kin.
: June 14, 2016 9 a.m.
The Ada Critical Incident Task Force has been called in to investigate a pre-dawn, officer involved shooting.
Boise police were called to the intersection of Brynwood Drive and Wedge Street in northwest Boise shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday. Officers from the Meridian Police Department were also called to the scene.
No details have yet been released on the incident, but an initial report indicated at least one person was injured. The Boise Police Department just issued
its first round of long-anticipated body-cameras to its night shift police officers last week, and it is unclear at this point whether the cameras were in use during the Tuesday morning incident.