Technology is playing a big part in an overnight shooting in which a copper was shot and survived
while a suspect died and another victim is hospitalized fighting for survival.
A Kevlar vest apparently saved the police officer who was hit in the chest after responding to a shooting call and both audio and video recordings may have captured the incident. Subsequent investigation and a coroner’s report indicate Alan Amundson shot himself to death.
Here is a Boise police account of the events:
The investigation into an overnight shooting is on-going and detectives remain on scene at this time. Also, a Boise man is still in the hospital with serious injuries after being shot by another man late Tuesday night at a Boise residence.
“Our hearts and prayers go out for last night’s shooting victim as we await an update on his condition,” Boise Police Chief William Bones said.
A Boise Police officer was also shot in the chest when the same suspect opened fire on responding officers. The wounded officer received treatment at an area hospital for his injuries after taking one round to his ballistic vest, and has since been released and is recovering at home.
“Hearing an Officer was shot in the chest last night left me with a deep ache in the pit of my stomach all night, even knowing he was going to okay,” Bones said. “We almost lost him but for the great tactics he employed and grace of God we would be mourning the loss of one of our own. I am deeply thankful this morning yet reflective of the dangers each of our Police Officers face daily.”
Officers responded to a call of a shooting that reportedly occurred at a residence near the intersection of Bridlewood Circle and North Glenwood Street at 11:42 p.m. on Tuesday. When officers arrived, they encountered a man shooting at them from outside of the residence. One officer, a five-year veteran of the Boise Police Department, was hit in the chest by one shot. Thankfully, his protective body armor appeared to have stopped the shot from causing life-threatening injuries. He was transported by paramedics to an area hospital where he received treatment.
When the suspect began shooting, Officer Joe Martinez, a three-year Boise Police veteran, and Officer Jason Green, a seven-year veteran, returned fire. The suspect, a Kuna man, was later found deceased at the scene. The investigation remains ongoing as to if the suspect was shot by officers.
After securing the suspect, additional officers were able to search for and locate the initial victim and move him to safety for evaluation by paramedics. He was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
As the investigation remains ongoing, officers have located evidence that shots were fired into the surrounding neighborhood. Investigators are reviewing to see if body cameras captured any evidence. Audio recordings are also being reviewed for possible evidence.
The shootings are being investigated by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force (CITF). The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is leading the CITF investigation. Additional information about the deceased suspect remains under investigation and his identity will be released by the Ada County Coroner’s Office.
The last Boise Police Officer to be shot in the line of duty occurred in February of 2004.
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