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Sheriff: Eagle Police officer in surgery, expected to recover after being shot twice

The shooting suspect was found in a cornfield and taken into custody after an hours-long search.

STAR, Idaho — Correction: The Boise Police Department says it was actually an Eagle Police officer who was shot, not an Ada County deputy as previously reported.

Update 7:57 p.m. - The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Mathew Kelly. Police booked him into the Ada County Jail and he faces multiple felony charges. Read more here. The original story follows:

An Eagle Police officer is undergoing surgery now after he was shot twice during a confrontation over a stolen motorcycle, according to Boise Police.

Sheriff Steve Bartlett said the officer is listed in critical condition, but was stable before being taken into surgery and is expected to recover. 

The shooting suspect was taken into custody after an hours-long manhunt near Beacon Light Road and Highway 16, where the man was last seen running away from the site of the shooting. 

According to the sheriff's office, the suspect was found in a cornfield near that intersection just after 11 a.m. Bartlett said investigators used drones and K-9 police dogs to find the man, then spoke to him on a cell phone, ultimately persuading him to come out and turn himself in.

Two guns and the suspect's backpack were also recovered from the scene.

The suspect's name has not been released, and Bartlett did not say what charges he could be facing.

Residents in the area had previously been asked to stay inside and shelter in place while the manhunt was going on.

According to Bartlett, the shooting happened after the sheriff's office received notification of a home burglary near Highway 20/26 in Canyon County Monday morning, during which a motorcycle was stolen. 

Ada County law enforcement had been asked to keep an eye out for the suspect and the stolen yellow motorcycle.

Bartlett said the deputy who was shot spotted the motorcycle while on patrol at about 7:30 a.m. He tried to pull the motorcycle rider over, but the man did not stop, instead of leading him on a short chase.

Then, according to the sheriff, the suspect got off the motorcycle and fired at the deputy with a handgun. The deputy also shot at the man; it is unclear how many shots were fired in total.

"We do know that our deputy was struck twice," Bartlett said. 

The injured deputy was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for treatment, and is listed in critical condition. Authorities have not said where on his body he was struck. 

"We are very appreciative of our medical staff that are taking care of our deputy and our family," the sheriff said.

The gunman was not hit by any of the deputy's bullets. 

Anyone with information about the suspect or the shooting should call  Ada County Dispatch at 208-377-6790 immediately. The sheriff's office is also asking anyone who lives in the area and has a home video surveillance system to check the footage and alert authorities if anything that could help the investigation was recorded.

It's unclear whether the deputy's body camera captured any video of the attempted traffic stop or the shooting. Boise Police will handle the investigation into the shooting to prevent a conflict of interest.

The sheriff thanked medical crews, law enforcement and the community in the aftermath of the shooting.

 "All of our staff certainly appreciates the support and prayers and community that has reached out to our office in support of our deputies - thank you very much for that," he said.

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