Boise Police identifies second officer injured in shooting

BOISE -- Boise Police has released the name of a 17-year veteran of the department who was badly injured in a shooting Friday.

Cpl. Kevin Holtry was one of two officers hit by bullets as they searched for a wanted felon in Boise's Central Rim neighborhood. Holtry and other members of the Special Operations Unit were doing a yard-to-yard search when they found 33-year-old Marco Romero hiding behind trash cans in a resident's yard and exchanged gunfire.

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Romero, who was wanted in connection to another shooting in Meridian earlier in the week, was killed. Holtry, Boise Police Cpl. Chris Davis and a K-9 police dog were shot.

Both Davis and the dog, a Belgian Malinois named Jardo, are recovering at home.

Holtry remains at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition Monday.

Boise Police Chief William Bones said the department decided to identify Holtry as the second officer ahead of a candlelight vigil for him planned for Tuesday evening.

"With tonight's vigil we wanted people to know Corporal Holtry by name and be able to understand more about the man we know and love," Bones said in a statement. "I know no man who is so tough both in body and spirit. Tonight we would ask for your continued prayers and support."

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Police say both Holtry and Davis were taken to Saint Alphonsus in the department's armored vehicle. Tactical paramedics, who are embedded with the Special Operations Unit began treating their wounds immediately.

Holtry's condition continues to "slightly improve" at the hospital each day, according to the department. Police have not released where on his body Holtry was shot, but say he likely faces a long road to recovery.

On Tuesday evening, Boise police said Holtry was awake and talking.

Holtry has spent 13 years with the Special Operations Unit, and has also worked as a Neighborhood Contact Officer, a detective, and a K-9 handler. He is recognized as an expert and instructor in multiple areas for the Boise Police Department.

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He received a life-saving award in 2014 for rescuing someone from the Boise River. Police say Holtry served in the U.S. Army for three years and worked for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office before joining Boise Police.

Tuesday's vigil will be held at the Idaho Peace Officers Memorial in Meridian at 6:30 p.m.

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