CALDWELL, Idaho — Two Caldwell Police officers who shot and killed a 92-year-old man after they say he pointed a gun at them in November 2021 were cleared in the shooting, according to the City of Caldwell.
The incident happened on the 19000 block of Alleghenny Way in Caldwell before 1 a.m. on Nov. 16, 2021. The Critical Incident Task Force (CITF) - led by Idaho State Police - recently wrapped up its investigation into the interaction between Caldwell police and Kernie Armstrong.
Police reports obtained by 7Investigates detail a neighbor calling 911 to report a suspicious person driving back and forth down their street. When officers arrived, they went to talk to the person in the driver's seat.
Armstrong was in the driver's seat, parked across the street from where he lived. The two responding officers said Armstrong immediately pointed his revolver at them.
They ran back and as Armstrong continued pointing his gun at them, the officers shot him multiple times in the head and chest, killing him.
Other officers who responded after the shooting say they found two guns in Armstrong's car.
After the incident, investigatory reports show neighbors told officers they helped take care of 92-year-old Armstrong for the past year because he suffered from dementia and paranoia. Armstrong's son also confirmed what the neighbors said to 7Investigates on Thursday.
Police reports note neighbors telling officers that Armstrong always carried guns and had a large firearms collection.
Another Caldwell officer wrote in his report after the incident that he came in contact with Armstrong hours earlier, on Nov. 15, outside a Jacksons in Caldwell.
Armstrong expressed fear for his life but the officer didn't think he was a threat to himself or anyone else, according to his report. During the interaction, the officer said Armstrong also told him he was a gun collector.
Armstrong's son Glenn told 7Investigates he didn't know the CITF investigation had wrapped up and that any reports were filed. He feels he's been in the dark since the day his father died.
"It's a shock and surprise that the news knows more about Kernie's death than the family does," Glenn said.
Glenn said he doesn't know how the situation escalated to such a tragic ending.
7Investigates also filed a public records request with the Canyon County Prosecutor's Office to obtain the CITF letter and investigatory report regarding this incident. We will update this story when those records are released.
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