UPDATE: Meridian Police arrested 34-year-old Mitchell H. Gushwa Thursday afternoon on two counts of aggravated assault.

Officers went to Gushwa's house in the 1200 block of West Tida Street to serve a warrant. The area is near the southeast corner of North Linder Road and West McMillan Road.

According to Meridian Police, officers went to Gushwa's house Wednesday to respond to a suicidal subject call with him. While officers were there, Gushwa allegedly revved the engine of his Nissan Xterra and drove at two officers, according to police.

Police returned to Gushwa's house Thursday afternoon with an aggravated assault warrant, Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea said. As a precaution, police placed three nearby schools — Rocky Mountain High School, Heritage Middle School and Paramount Elementary — on shelter in place, meaning the exterior doors were locked and students stayed inside the building. 

Police negotiated with Gushwa Thursday to try to get him to come out of the house without having to "kick the door in," Basterrechea said.

Negotiations broke down when Gushwa tried to leave the house, according to police. Police arrested him at about 2:30 p.m.

The schools returned to normal activity after the arrest, West Ada School District Eric Exline said.


Meridian Police have placed three schools on shelter in place as officers serve an aggravated assault warrant to a man in the area.

Rocky Mountain High School, Heritage Middle School and Paramount Elementary are the schools affected. Shelter in place means students stay inside the building and the doors to the outside are locked.

Police are negotiating with the suspect, Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea said at 1:50 p.m. Thursday.

“We want him to come out without us having to go kick in a door,” he said. He said police aren't releasing details about the man's location at this time. 

Basterrechea did not know if the man was armed but said he has been armed in the past. This is not a hostage situation, he said.

The West Ada School District sent a text this afternoon notifying parents of the incident.

"Exterior doors are locked as a precaution," the text reads. "School is continuing as normal."

Parents will still be able to pick up their students from school if the negotiation is still ongoing when school gets out. However, Basterrechea is encouraging others to avoid the area, which is in the area surrounded by Chinden Boulevard, North Linder Road, West McMillan Road and just east of North Meridian Road.

“We’re working with the West Ada School District as far as bussing issues and anything like that,” Basterrechea said.

Students will still be able to ride the bus home, he said, but the route will be different if it’s in the affected area.


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