Police: Boise Cops Fatally Shoot Person Who Pointed Gun

BOISE, Idaho. (AP) — Authorities say Boise police officers shot and killed a man in an alley in the city’s West End neighborhood.

The Boise Police Department said in a news release that two officers responded at 1:20 a.m. Saturday to a request for a property check in a backyard. A caller reported someone trespassing for a couple nights in an enclosed area, police said.

The officers walked down an alley and identifying themselves as officers approached someone who was lying on the ground. Officers asked him to show his hands and he pointed a handgun at them, police said. Officers told him to drop the gun and then the man was shot, police said.

Officers “were forced to respond to what they believed was an immediate threat to their life,” police said in a news release, not saying specifically that officers fired their weapons.

Officers began life-saving measures and requested paramedics but the person was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said. The person's name hasn't been released.

One officer was treated for a superficial wound, police said. Names of the officers involved also haven't been released.

The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force led by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting, police said.