Caldwell police shoot burglary suspect after hours-long manhunt

The shooting happened in a Caldwell neighborhood.

CALDWELL -- A manhunt that closed down streets in a Caldwell neighborhood ended with police shooting the suspect shortly before noon Friday.

James P. Stell, 24, of Parma was taken to a local hospital by ambulance and was released Friday evening.

He was being taken to the Ada County Jail on an agents warrant for violating his probation.

Officers and a SWAT team spent hours scouring a several-block radius in the area of Logan Street and Sandalwood Drive Friday morning after a neighbor reported seeing a man trying to break into a home. The burglary happened in the 600 block of Hazel Street at about 5:30 a.m., according to police.

The SWAT team learned the man was holed up in a house near Marshall Avenue and Elm Street and ordered him to come out without his weapon and surrender. The suspect was shot as he was leaving the house. It's not clear whether he had a gun or fired at officers, Caldwell Police Chief Frank Wyant said.

Wyant said the suspect was hit at least once. 

The police chief said earlier in the morning that he hoped to resolve the situation peacefully, but that officers would not leave the area until they found the suspect. Police spotted him at about 10:30 a.m., but he ran away before they could catch him.

"Our ultimate goal is to capture the person without anybody getting hurt, so they're going to maintain this perimeter to get him now, knowing that he's still here," Wyant said. "Sometimes you don't know if they're in that perimeter, but just recently him popping his head out and taking off running - obviously he's still here, so we're going to sit and wait and continue to look for him."

Police unblocked streets in the area shortly before noon.

Children at nearby Wilson Elementary School were not allowed to go outside for recess while the manhunt was going on, but no schools were placed on lockdown, according to the Caldwell School District.

Nampa police said the Canyon County critical incident task force will refer charges related to the shooting to the Canyon County prosecutor.

The incident marks the second officer-involved shooting in the Treasure Valley in less than 24 hours. Kuna Police officers shot and injured a 72-year-old Melba man Thursday evening after investigators say he led them on a chase and pointed a handgun in their direction.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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