One person dead after officer-involved shooting in Meridian

One person critically wounded after officer-involved shooting in Meridian. (KBOI Photo)

One person has died after an officer-involved shooting in Meridian.

Meridian Police says an officer was called out to the 800 block of Newport Street on a domestic dispute call Saturday. Officials say an officer found blood near the front door and talked with the victim, who said the suspect was tearing up the house and had grabbed several knives.

"He was extremely confrontational to the officers," said Jeff Lavey, Meridian Police Chief.

Meridian PD says the suspect told them “I am not going back to jail” and then pulled a handgun from his waistband. One officer fired a taser and one officer fired his weapon striking the suspect in the chest.

One nearby neighbor asked to remain anonymous but tells KBOI2 she heard the shots. They were so close it sounded like it was coming from her backyard.

"I heard some really loud noises and it sounded like gunshots to me. I heard three shots go off, bang, bang, bang really loud," the neighbor said.

He was taken to St. Alphonsus hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The Ada County Coroner's office will identify the suspect at a later time.

Chief Lavey says although no officers were injured, this is a very hard time for them.

"Officers never intend for this to happen. They'll do everything that they can for it to not happen," Lavey said.

Boise Police is assisting in the investigation.

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