BOISE, Idaho – Two officers from the Boise Police Department were injured and a suspect is dead after a shooting during a search for a fugitive according to authorities in Idaho.
Dispatchers said police received a report around 12:50 p.m. Friday about a recovered stolen vehicle. Shortly after, radio traffic suggested a foot chase was taking place.
Police were doing a yard-to-yard search for the wanted suspect about 3:25 p.m. Friday when the gunfire broke out in a the neighborhood.
The dead man is Marco Romero, 33, according to Fox News. Romero was a recent parolee who was sought in connection with a shooting earlier in the week in Meridian that inured two people.
An emotional Boise Police Chief Bill Bones told reporters at the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Friday evening that one of the officers was in surgery, and the other was being treated in the emergency room. The names of the injured officers were not released.
“We had a serious tragedy in the city of Boise tonight, both for our police department and our community,” he said. “I would ask that the prayers of the citizens of Boise are out there tonight for our officers to make sure they come through this OK.”
One officer was in critical but stable condition and the other was in fair condition reported KTVB.
A police dog named Jardo was also injured in the shooting, and was taken to WestVet Hospital for emergency treatment reported Fox.
Resident Jake Chappele told the Idaho Statesman that he was just getting home from school with his three kids when the gunfire broke out. He ushered the kids inside when he heard what sounded like 10 to 20 shots.
Another resident, Jeff Sele, said he was talking with someone on the street when he heard the gunfire.
“I heard guns and shotguns, it sounded like to me. You can definitely tell the difference between a gun and shotgun blast. It happened real fast….It was 10 to 12 shots, and then it was done,” Sele said.