• Search

BREAKING: Idaho Officer Shot, Gunman Escaped

Star, ID – An Ada County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) deputy is in critical condition after being shot by a suspect on a stolen motorcycle on Monday morning.

UPDATE: The suspect has been captured.

There is an “active manhunt” underway for the gunman, who is described as a dark-haired white male in his forties, Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett said during a 10:15 a.m. press conference.

He was last seen wearing a blue or dark-colored bandana and jeans, and was carrying a tan or camo-patterned backpack.

Sheriff Bartlett described the incident as an “active situation,” and residents have been asked to “shelter in place.”

The attack occurred in the area of Beacon Light and Highway 16 at approximately 7:30 a.m., KIVI reported.

Deputies responded to the area after receiving a report of a home burglary in Canyon County, Sheriff Bartlett said.

The suspect allegedly fled the burglary scene on a stolen motorcycle.

A deputy soon spotted someone matching the description of the suspect and the stolen motorcycle and attempted to stop the rider, the sheriff said.

After a “short pursuit,” the suspect got off of the motorcycle and tried to run off on foot, Sheriff Bartlett told reporters.

The deputy chased him for a short distance before the suspect opened fire on him, hitting him twice.

The deputy returned fire, but it is unknown whether or not the gunman was wounded.

Sheriff Bartlett said it is not yet known how many rounds were fired during the gun battle.

The shooter ultimately escaped, and the deputy was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition.

He is “undergoing evaluation in surgery,” Sheriff Bartlett said.

The wounded deputy’s family has been notified.

A SWAT unit and a critical incident task force have been dispatched to the area as the “active manhunt” for the unidentified gunman continues, Sheriff Bartlett said.

The suspect “should be considered armed and very dangerous,” the sheriff added.

The Boise Police Department (BPD) is leading the ongoing investigation.

Sheriff Bartlett declined to release the wounded deputy’s name out of respect for him and his family, but said he had been serving the department for just over one year.

He noted that the deputy previously served in “another part of the country,” and that he has an “extensive law enforcement” background.

“He’s a very seasoned deputy,” Sheriff Bartlett said.

This is a developing story and we will keep you updated. For all of our updates, follow us on Facebook and go to your news feed preferences under your settings, then select that you want to see more of Blue Lives Matter posts in your news feed. Otherwise, Facebook may not show you updates.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

View all articles
Written by Holly Matkin


Sign up to our daily newsletter so you don't miss out on the latest events surrounding law enforcement!

Follow Me

Follow us on social media and be sure to mark us as "See First."