Police fatally shot a man in the Boise Foothills Saturday when he fired at officers, according to Boise Police. The suspect had reportedly threatened hikers and shot and killed a dog on a popular trail in the Hulls Gulch area that morning.

The Ada County Coroner’s Office identified the man on Monday as Benjamin C. Barnes. 42, of Boise. The coroner’s office said Barnes was shot twice, with one of the wounds being fatal.

After getting reports of Barnes’ threatening behavior on the trail Saturday morning, Boise Police officers found him and began to engage with him when he started to fire at them, according to police. Six officers returned fire. Officers were able to secure the area and found Barnes deceased.

None of the police officers involved were injured. The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force, led by the Meridian Police Department, is investigating the shooting.

“Our hearts go out to the family who lost a dog this morning and to everyone who felt scared or threatened,” Boise Police Chief William Bones stated in a press release. “We can assure you that the situation is resolved and safe.”

The six Boise Police officers who fired their weapons were Officer Eric Johnson, 14 years with Boise Police; Officer Robert Johnson, 11 years with Boise Police; Officer Andrew Johnson, 16 years with Boise Police; Officer Chris Zimmer, four years with Boise Police; Officer Chris Wirshing, 10 years with Boise Police; Officer Tyjuan Lynn, one year with Boise Police.

According to court records, Barnes was charged in 2015 with damaging an area by the river in Garden City. He was found guilty and ordered by the court not to camp or sleep on the greenbelt or adjoining properties in Garden City.


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