Idaho Falls officer-involved shooting investigation complete


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IDAHO FALLS — The investigation into a shooting involving an Idaho Falls Police officer is complete and leaders with the police department plan to hold a news conference Friday to discuss its findings.

Idaho State Police reviewed the case after 54-year-old Shane McVey was shot at least once by Officer Earl Laughter III on Jan. 23. Police had been called to a “suspicious person” report at North Corner Avenue and Elm Street when they say McVey fled and entered an apartment building.

When officers attempted to apprehend him, police say McVey displayed a weapon and Laughter discharged his firearm. McVey later died at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

After ISP reviewed the case, it was handed over to the Bonneville County Prosecutor’s Office but prosecutor Daniel Clark recused himself from the investigation because of a family relationship between his office and McVey.

The case was then turned over to the Twin Falls Prosecutor’s Office and finalized this week.

Once made public, the investigation should reveal what weapon McVey was holding, if Laughter was wearing a body camera and if or other officers will be criminally charged.

Stay with for updates Friday.