Ombudsman: BPD officer justified in deadly shooting

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The Boise Community Ombudsman says a Boise Police officer followed department rules and procedures and has been justified for the shooting and killing of Troy Epperley in May.

Troy Epperley, 37, died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen May 31 after officials say they saw him move aggressively toward officers with a handgun.

Prosecutor Mark Hiedeman said Epperley texted his estranged wife that he wanted to commit "suicide by cop" and was armed with the gun when he failed to obey officer instructions.

The shooting took place in the 6100 block of N. Sparkford Way in Boise after police received a report of a potentially suicidal subject.

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The ombudsman says that as a result of the wrong address, the first responding officers were caught off-guard and without cover when the caller, armed with a handgun, walked out of his house and failed to obey the officers' commands to put down the gun.

"This was such a tragic situation," said Ombudsman Pierce Murphy.

"The officer who fired was placed in the horrible position of having to use deadly force to protect his life and the life of his partner officer. The officer acted in accordance with police policy and training and has been exonerated as a result of this investigation."