BOISE – Nearly six months after a suicidal man was shot to death by a Boise Police officer, the Boise Community Ombudsman has concluded the use of deadly force was justified.
Ombudsman Pierce Murphy released a 12-page independent investigation into the May 31st shooting death of Troy Epperley.
Just before midnight the 37-year-old walked out of his garage at a home at 6168 N. Sparkford Way and threatened two officers with a handgun.
Police were responding to a suicidal man who told dispatchers that he lived at a house across the street. Murphy says the officers were caught off-guard when Epperley came out of the garage behind them. He was armed with a handgun and failed to respond to demands to drop the weapon.
Epperley was shot once in the abdomen and later died at the hospital.
According to the report, Epperley had previously sent a text message to his estranged wife saying he intended to commit "suicide by cop."
“This was such a tragic situation,” said Murphy, “the officer who fired was placed in the horrible position of having to use deadly force to protect his life and the life of his partner officer. The officer acted in accordance with police policy and training and has been exonerated as a result of this investigation.”
Another investigation by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force and the Bannock County Prosecutor's Office came to the same conclusion, that the shooting was justified.