MERIDIAN — Meridian police fatally shot a man while responding to a domestic disturbance shortly after noon Saturday, according to a press release from the Meridian Police Department.
The suspect has not yet been identified, although the press release refers to "him" and "his" identity.
Police responded to a call in the 800 block of Newport Street in Meridian where, according to the release, officers found an unidentified victim who said someone was in the house "tearing up the house and grabbing knives." Police say when they made contact with the suspect, he made statements to the effect of "I am not going back to jail" and pulled a handgun from his waistband. At which point, one officer fired a Taser and another fired his weapon, striking the subject in the chest, the release states.
The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Ada County Coroner will conduct an autopsy on the suspect and release the identity upon notification of his family, police say.
The Critical Incident Task Force is conducting the investigation into this shooting. Boise Police Department will be the lead, assisted by Ada County Sheriff’s, Garden City Police and the Idaho State Police.
The two officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, as per department policy, Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea told the Idaho Press in an interview.
The phone call police responded to came from someone outside the home, Basterrechea said.
This is a developing story.