Boise Police Cleared in January 4 Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting 

click to enlarge KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
An investigation into a January 4 officer-involved shooting has cleared two Boise Police officers. BPD had made a traffic stop at Main and 27th streets on the evening of January 4, and according to BPD investigators, a male suspect sitting in the backseat of the vehicle displayed a firearm. According to police, the suspect said "he would not go back to prison." When additional officers arrived on the scene, Boise Police said they made numerous attempts to encourage the suspect to allow the driver, a female, leave the vehicle. Police said, soon after, the suspect began pointing a gun at himself and the female driver. Believing the female was in imminent danger, two officers fired their weapons at the suspect, who died at the scene a short time later.

A Critical Incident Task Force investigation followed, with Idaho State Police taking the lead. The results of the investigation were turned over to an independent party for review, and on May 4, Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Thomas concluded that the use of deadly force was "objectively reasonable" and the conclusion was supported by video and audio recordings captured on body cameras worn by more than a dozen Boise Police officers. 
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