BOISE, Idaho — Boise Police Chief Ron Winegar said Wednesday during a media briefing police shot a man after he pointed a firearm at police and "appeared" to fire his weapon.
The shooting investigation is taking place in the area of East Boise Avenue and South Apple Street. That is near two schools, Timberline High and White Pine Elementary, as well as a shopping center, Stinker Station convenience store and several other businesses.
Winegar said their suspect was traveling from Oregon to Idaho when his family called dispatch to report concerns about alleged threats the man had made.
Police located a car they believed belonged to the person in Star, and followed it near Timberline High School. When law enforcement stopped his car, Winegar said, the man allegedly jumped out and pointed a firearm at officers and "appeared to discharge" the weapon.
Winegar said one Boise Police Officer and one Ada County Sheriff's deputy fired their weapons at the man, who was struck but kept running.
"Officers gave chase," Winegar said, and were able to take the man into custody. He was transported to a hospital and will be released to the Ada County Jail once he is treated.
"Obviously this was a very fluid situation," Winegar said. "It was not expected the subject would stop here." Winegar said they located a BB gun recovered at the scene "that looked very very real" but he cannot say if that was the weapon the man allegedly pointed at officers.
In an email to Timberline and White Pine parents and staff, the school principals say the shooting occurred at 10:45 a.m., and that all students and staff "were kept safe as school operations continued."
Winegar said the incident happened so quickly the nearby schools never had time to go into lockdown, but the school resource officers were prepared with an action plan.
The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force (CITF) investigation will be led by the Meridian Police Department.
This developing story will be updated as more information is confirmed.
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