Sheriff: Man who shot at officers has mental health issues

Sheriff: Man who shot at officers has mental health issues

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by Scott Evans

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Posted on March 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 8:02 AM

Officer Involved Shooting

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BOISE -- More details are emerging surrounding an officer-involved shooting that took place in South Ada County 11 days ago. And along with those new details is a reminder from law enforcement that we aren't doing enough to help those who have mental health issues.

Authorities say the 41-year-old Kuna man who police shot in the early hours on March 9 has a history of mental illness. In fact, he has been involved in at least five other instances with law enforcement because of an imminent threat.

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney and Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson talked about what happened on March 9, and say mental health was behind all of it.

The man, who police are not identifying because he's still in the hospital, pointed a loaded gun at a male relative. He then called police dispatch saying he would hurt himself and others.

When police caught up with him near Cloverdale and Barker, Raney says the man pointed a .44-magnum handgun at officers.

Three Ada County deputies and one Boise Police officer fired their guns, hitting the man between four and six times.

But the man kept fighting, and a police dog was used to slow him down. Officers eventually used a taser so they could take him into custody.

"I think this is another situation where if we would have had, as a community, mental health intervention services, there would have been a chance when we could have connected him with those services and had somebody other than a law enforcement officer, with a gun on his side, talking to him," said Raney.

Right now the man who police shot is still recovering in a Utah hospital.

Raney says his condition is day-to-day, and sometimes even hour-to-hour.  There is a chance he will survive.

The deputies and the officer involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave for three to seven days, but are now back on duty.

The Meridian Police Department is leading the investigation under the umbrella of the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force.

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