Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Officer-Involved Shooting Incident in Bingham County

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Idaho State Police - District 5
5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
Office: (208) 239-9800
Fax: (208) 239-9885

For Immediate Release: 04/12/2023 3:30 P.M.

Officer-Involved Shooting Incident in Bingham County

MERIDIAN, Idaho - The Idaho State Police (ISP) is leading a Critical Incident Task Force (CITF) investigation into an officer-involved shooting incident in Bingham County where one suspect is deceased.

At about 12:30 p.m. today, Blackfoot Police Department located a vehicle associated with a wanted 36-year-old Idaho Falls man for eluding law enforcement, kidnapping, and aggravated assault. As officers approached the hotel, the suspect fled the scene in the vehicle.

Law enforcement from Blackfoot Police, Bingham County Sheriff's Office, and Fort Hall Police pursued the vehicle until it crashed on the ramp connecting U.S. 91 and southbound Interstate 15. As law enforcement approached the suspect, multiple shots were fired, and the 36-year-old suspect was struck. Although he was provided emergency medical aid, the suspect was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Two passengers were also in the vehicle that crashed and sustained what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries during the incident. Both were transported by ambulance to local area hospitals. There is no medical update on the passengers.

U.S. 91 and the onramp from U.S. 91 to Interstate 15 are currently closed for the investigation. It is not known how long the roadway will be closed, but several more hours are expected. Drivers are encouraged to use alternative routes.

ISP is leading the CITF for this incident. As there is an ongoing investigation, no additional information can be released about the incident. The names and ranks of law enforcement involved will not be released at this time.
The Critical Incident Task Force (CITF) is conducting the investigation. CITF is a team of investigators and professional staff from the Idaho State Police and local law enforcement agencies who provide investigative and other assistance to law enforcement agencies in police use of force and other critical incidents. The CITF works with the local Prosecutor's Office, which reviews completed investigations.