Melba man, 72, shot by Kuna Police

72-year-old injured in police shooting

KUNA -- A 72-year-old Melba man was shot by police Thursday evening after investigators say he pointed a handgun at the officers.

The shooting happened in the desert south of Kuna at about 6:40 p.m.

According to the Ada County Sheriff's Office, the 72-year-old's family had called the Canyon County Sheriff's Office earlier in the evening and expressed concerns that the man was going to hurt himself.

Canyon County Sheriff's Office deputies found the man driving near Melba and attempted to pull him over, but he did not stop. Deputies say the 72-year-old continued driving, crossing over into Ada County where Kuna Police took over the pursuit at about 6:20 p.m.

When the man slowed down to make a turn from Swan Falls Road onto Victory Lane, the Kuna officers used a PIT maneuver to hit his car, causing it to slide sideways and come to a stop.

Three Kuna Police officers got out of their cars and ordered the 72-year-old out of his vehicle. Investigators say the man refused to get out and pointed a handgun at the three officers.

Police opened fire, hitting the man more than once, and he dropped the handgun out the car window. It's not clear whether the 72-year-old fired his gun.

Paramedics treated the man at the scene for gunshot wounds, then transported him to a local hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening, according to the sheriff's office.

None of the three officers involved were hurt.

The officers were identified as Wes Bunnell, Vishal Sahni, and Nolan Zorn. According to the sheriff's office, Bunnell has been with the agency for nine years and Sahni for three years. Zorn, a new patrol officer, began training with Bunnell earlier this fall.

This is the first officer-involved shooting for all three.

The Critical Incident Task Force, led by Boise Police, has been called in to investigate the shooting.

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