'Good Samaritan' shot trying to help stranded motorist, deputies say

CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) -- Sheriff's deputies in Canyon County say it appears a "Good Samaritan" was shot when he stopped to help a stranded motorist north of Caldwell early Thursday morning.

The Canyon County Sheriff's Office says the 39-year-old man was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition.

The man, whose name has not been released, was able to call for help with his cell phone and told deputies he was shot after he stopped to help the motorist in a silver truck just after 2 a.m. Thursday at the remote intersection of Farmway and Mink Roads.

Officials say it's unclear whether the apparently stranded motorist shot the man or a third party was involved.

Deputies are investigating and looking for the driver of the silver truck.

Anyone with information about the shooting or who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area is asked to call 454-7480.

Deputies also urged the public to use caution when stopping to help strangers, especially in the dark in isolated areas.

"I'm not saying don't help your neighbor," said Lt. Chris McCormick with the sheriff's office. "But if you feel uneasy about stopping, call us. That's what law enforcement does. We'd be happy to go and check on the motorist and offer help."