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Suspected shooter pleads not guilty

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Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013 12:00 am

CANYON COUNTY — Kyle Batt pleaded not guilty before 3rd District Judge Gregory Culet morning to multiple charges in connection with the shooting of two Canyon County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Batt is suspected of opening fire on the two officers when they approached him about a domestic disturbance in Caldwell earlier that evening. He faces two counts of battery upon law enforcement personnel with two enhancements for inflicting great bodily harm.

If convicted, he could serve up to 50 years in prison for each enhanced battery charge.

He also faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting and obstructing police officers, for which he could serve up to a year in county jail.

Batt pleaded guilty earlier this year to two federal firearms charges in connection with the same incident. Previously convicted of a felony in 2007, Batt was prohibited from possessing firearms. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge sentenced him to 15 years in federal prison.

According to an affidavit filed by Detective Don Peck of the Nampa Police Department, Batt is suspected of fleeing a home in an unincorporated section of Canyon County when officers tried to make contact with him. Deputies Mike Roth and Brad Childers pursued Batt across the property, the affidavit states, and Batt opened fire on them.

The sheriff’s office SWAT team later found Batt hiding in a nearby residence, according to court documents. Police say when confronted, he fired a bullet into his own head.

Childers has since returned to work. Roth is still waiting for his arm to fully heal.

Batt will appear before Judge Thomas J. Ryan for a pre-trial conference Nov. 7. His jury trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 10.

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