Update: Boise police ‘perceived a threat,’ shot subject who has life-threatening injuries

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A police shooting in downtown Boise on Wednesday evening sent one person to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the Boise Police Department.

At 5:05 p.m., Ada County dispatchers received a call regarding a “suicidal subject threatening to jump off an overpass or building,” according to a Wednesday night news release. Officers initially responded to the area around the Interstate 184 Connector, near the westbound Chinden Boulevard exit, according to dispatch.

Police had previously been in contact with the subject, who the release said has a criminal history. The person has not been identified, and details on their background were not provided by the Boise Police Department.

Officers searched highway overpasses and areas downtown in an attempt to find the individual, and at 5:30 p.m., they located the subject at the intersection of West Myrtle Street and South Capitol Boulevard, according to the release.

“Preliminary information indicates that as officers attempted to contact him, officers perceived a threat and discharged their weapons,” the release said.

The release did not say whether the subject had a weapon.

Law enforcement and first responders provided medical treatment, and the subject was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the release. No officers were injured.

“We are still conducting an investigation and we have very little information,” the Boise Police Department said in the release. “There is no ongoing threat to the public.”

The Boise Fire Department, Ada County Paramedics and the Idaho State Police also responded to the scene, according to Ada County dispatch.

Police have activated the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force to investigate, which is standard for all shootings involving officers. The investigation will be led by the Garden City Police Department and will include review of any body camera footage. A second investigation will be conducted by the city of Boise’s Office of Police Accountability, and BPD will perform an internal investigation, the release said.

The incident Wednesday marked the eighth shooting involving police in the Treasure Valley this year. Five of those shootings have involved the Boise Police Department, and that includes Monday’s deadly attack at the Boise Towne Square mall, where a man engaged in a shootout with police after he killed two people and injured four others.

The shooter died Tuesday at a local hospital.

The other three police shootings in the Treasure Valley this year included two with officers from the Nampa Police Department — one of which was fatal — and a fatal shooting by an officer with the Garden City Police Department.

There have been at least 10 fatal police-involved shootings in 2021 in Idaho, which is three fewer than the high for the past 20 years, set in 2018.

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