Police arrested a man charged with aggravated assault after he stole items from a business in East Boise, pointed a gun at an employee and caused two schools to shelter in place Tuesday morning, according to the Boise Police Department.
A 20-year-old Nampa resident was arrested on the felony charge and booked into the Ada County Jail following a police search, during which students and staff at two schools were ordered to stay sheltered.
Boise police responded to a call from a business on the 4000 block of East Warm Springs Avenue just after 9 a.m. Tuesday. “Evidence indicates” Cooley stole from the business, according to the Boise Police Department news release.
An employee followed the suspect outside, and then the suspect “reportedly” pointed a gun at the employee before driving away, according to the release.
East Junior High School and a private school sheltered in place twice while police searched for the suspect, who was eventually arrested “without incident,” the release said. BPD said police located the man and his vehicle on South Council Springs Road around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
All students and staff were safe inside East Junior High and normal school operations continued during both shelters in place, according to emails Principal Darryl Gerber sent to parents. Riverstone International School, a private school, is also on East Warm Springs Avenue across from East Junior High. Requests for comment were not immediately returned Tuesday.
The first shelter in place was from 9:32 a.m. to 9:56 a.m. Tuesday as police investigated “a potentially dangerous situation in the neighborhood,” Gerber wrote. According to a second email, the next shelter in place was about an hour later, from 10:30 a.m. to 10:44 a.m.
Officers had canceled the first shelter in place when they didn’t find the suspect, BPD spokesperson Haley Williams told the Idaho Statesman. Williams said the suspect then returned to the area, and officers notified the schools as a precaution before they attempted to contact him.
“Please know our first priority each and every school day is the safety and security of our students and staff members,” Gerber wrote. “The Boise School District’s policies and procedures help us to accomplish this important priority.”