Fugitive was man killed in Boise police shootout, coroner confirms

BOISE -- The Ada County Coroner's Office on Monday confirmed that a man who was shot by police after shooting two officers and a K-9 is Marco Luis Romero.

Romero, 33, was killed in the shootout Friday afternoon in Boise's Central Rim neighborhood. He had been on the run since the previous Tuesday, when police say he opened fire inside a Meridian apartment filled with his family members and friends.

A man and a woman, both 29, were struck by bullets. The woman, who was shot in the chest, may be permanently paralyzed after the bullet hit her spine, according to police officials.

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Romero was accused of carjacking an 89-year-old woman two days later, stealing her gold Mercury Sable but leaving her unharmed on the side of the road.

Police tracked him to the Central Rim neighborhood Friday after a citizen called police to report seeing the suspect driving a car that matched the description of the stolen vehicle.


Officers were conducting a yard-to-yard search near Wilson and Irving streets when they found Romero hiding near trash cans behind a home. A gun battle ensued, and Romero, two officers, and K-9 police dog were hit.

Despite paramedics’ life-saving efforts, Romero died from his injuries.

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The injured officers were rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Cpl. Chris Davis has been released and is recovering at home. The other officer, a 17-year veteran of the force whose name has not been released, remains at the hospital in critical but stable condition.

The dog, a Belgian Malinois named Jardo, was treated at WestVet. He lost a lung, but is expected to survive his injuries and was released to his handler Saturday.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Critical Incident Task Force.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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