Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Officer Involved Shooting in Payette County

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District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 846-7550
Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 10/25/2016 at 11:45 a.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On October 24, 2016, at approximately 11:45 pm, an officer with the Payette Police Department initiated a vehicle pursuit for a traffic violation. The pursuit began in Payette City, and then proceeded south into the City of Fruitland, where a Fruitland Officer deployed spike strips in an attempt to stop the suspect. The spike strips successfully deflated one tire on the suspect's vehicle, which slowed the speed of the vehicle, but did not bring it to a stop. The pursuit continued southbound on US Highway 95 into Payette County toward Interstate 84. The suspect entered the opposing lanes of traffic by turning onto I-84 going eastbound down the exit 3 westbound off-ramp.

Before coming to the end of the off-ramp, the suspect vehicle swerved and crashed into the guard rail and then turned around and accelerated back toward the pursuing officers. A Fruitland Police Department officer exited his vehicle and gave commands to the suspect. The suspect disobeyed the officer's commands and a confrontation ensued, which resulted in the Fruitland Police Department officer firing at the suspect ultimately striking him. The suspect's vehicle continued back onto US Highway 95 ultimately coming to a stop near the top of the off-ramp. Officers converged on the vehicle and began first aid and life saving measures on the suspect.

The suspect, a forty-six year old white male from Harrison Idaho was the sole occupant of the vehicle and is currently in stable condition at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. The suspect's name is not being released until his family has been notified. The Idaho State Police have been asked to lead the investigation in the shooting.

Chief JD Huff of the Fruitland Police Department said, "This is a very serious situation and I can assure the citizens of the City of Fruitland and Payette County that we will work closely with the Idaho State Police to ensure a thorough and complete investigation is conducted."

Captain Bill Gardiner, M.A.A.L.