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Man shot and killed by Boise Police on Saturday pointed 'semi-automatic bb gun' at officers

Coroner Dottie Owens says Forrest Moore, 31, of Boise, died from multiple gunshot wounds.

BOISE, Idaho — The Ada County coroner has released the identity of a man who was shot to death during an altercation with police officers in a Boise alley on Saturday morning.

Coroner Dotti Owens says Forrest T. Moore, 31, of Boise died at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. She listed the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds.

The Boise Police Department (BPD) said the officers "were forced to respond to what they believed was an immediate threat" to their lives.

At about 1:20 a.m. Saturday, the officers went to North 21st Street between W. Pleasanton Avenue and W. State Street after a caller reported someone had been trespassing and squatting for a couple of nights in a backyard.

Residents in the neighborhood tell KTVB the shooting happened in the alley on the corner of North 21st Street and West Madison Avenue, about a block south of State Street.

Two officers were in the alley looking for the trespassing suspect when they approached a man, later identified as Moore, in a small, enclosed area, up against a building, lying on the ground.

The Boise Police Department said when officers asked Moore to show his hands, he produced what appeared to be a handgun, pointed it toward the officers, who fired when the man did not respond to "quick commands" to drop the gun.

The suspect's weapon was later determined to be a semi-automatic bb gun.

Credit: Boise Police Department
Police say Forrest T. Moore pointed a semi-automatic bb gun at Boise Police before he was shot and killed.

The officers began lifesaving measures and called for Ada County Paramedics.

Moore died at the hospital.

One officer was treated for a "superficial wound," the Boise Police Dept. said.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office is leading an Ada County Critical Incident Task Force investigation of the shooting.

Video from officers' on-body cameras will be reviewed as part of that investigation and is not yet being released.

The Boise Police Department and City of Boise Office of Police Accountability also will conduct separate investigations. 

The involved officers have been with BPD for two and a half years each and both have been placed on paid administrative leave.

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