Deadly shooting of Benjamin Barnes by Boise police officers in Boise Foothills was JUSTIFIED, prosecutor says.
On March 18, police say Benjamin Barnes was threatening to shoot hikers and dogs in the Hulls Gulch area. One dog was eventually shot dead by Benjamin Barnes, officials say.
Boise police officers say they observed Benjamin Barnes take an aggressive shooters stance and begin firing several rounds towards them. The officers returned fire fatally wounding Barnes.
“This was a very dangerous situation for our officers and for the community, my deepest thanks go out to the officers who put themselves in the line of fire to protect our citizens,” said Boise Police Chief William Bones. “While our hearts go out to both Barnes’ and Moses’ family for their losses, we are grateful no additional members of the community or officers were injured or killed.”
Prosecuting attorney Jim Thomas released the following statement:
“The officers utilized lawful legal force in reaction to a deadly threat when Benjamin Barnes pointed a semi-automatic handgun at them and discharged several rounds towards the officers after officers gave verbal commands to come out of the bushes and show his hands. The video and photography evidence depict the crime scene area at the time of the incident as being on an open hillside with sage brush, small trees and ground vegetation.”
“The officers were essentially without protective cover when Barnes began shooting at them while being approximately 50 yards away. The actions of the Boise police officers in shooting Benjamin C. Barnes were completely justified in order to neutralize the lethal threat that he (Barnes) presented to not only the police officers but to citizens who may have unwittingly come upon the scene.”
Watch the video released by the Boise Police Department below.