IDAHO FALLS — A 34-year-old man is dead following an officer-involved shooting early Monday morning in Idaho Falls.
The situation began around 1:10 a.m. when an Idaho State Police trooper initiated a vehicle stop for a traffic violation near the Candlewood Suites Hotel on Pancheri Drive, according to a news release from Idaho State Police and the Idaho Falls Police Department.
“During the stop, the trooper requested additional units assist. As Idaho Falls Police Department officers arrived in the area, the trooper advised a male passenger fired at them and ran from the vehicle,” the release says. “The trooper and arriving IFPD officers chased the man on foot. At this time, it is believed that the ISP trooper and two IFPD officers exchanged gunfire with the man during the incident which concluded in the area of the car dealership on the corner of Pancheri Drive and Yellowstone Highway.”
Police provided medical aid to the man and EMS arrived to assist but he died at the scene. The exact “dynamics” of the shooting are under investigation, the release says. Nobody else was injured.
Several roads around the hotel are closed while police investigate. Pancheri Drive is closed between South Capital Ave and Yellowstone Highway, including the intersection of Pancheri Drive/17th Street and Yellowstone.
The Eastern Idaho Critical Incident Task Force is investigating the shooting, with the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office taking the lead. The task force is a team of investigators and professional staff from local law enforcement agencies who investigate police use of force and other critical incidents, the release says.
“IFPD and ISP will fully cooperate in this process but will not conduct any part of the investigation. The task force works with the Prosecutor’s Office, which reviews completed investigations,” according to the release.
The man’s name has not been released.