An account has been created for those who want to donate to a Canyon County sheriff's deputy who was shot by an assault suspect last week in Caldwell, officials announced Tuesday.
The deputy, whose name has not been publicly released, left the hospital Saturday in time to attend his young son's championship flag football game. The man accused of shooting him, 27-year-old Kyle Alan Batt, remains in critical condition at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
The deputy was shot in twice in one of his arms Oct. 23 while he and another deputy approached Batt's father's home at 24104 Sheryl Lane looking for Batt, who was a suspect in an aggravated assault in Caldwell earlier that day. Batt's victim in that case was his girlfriend, said Canyon County Chief Deputy Kieran Donahue. The deputy underwent surgery last Thursday. The other deputy also was hit multiple times but was treated and released from the hospital. One of the deputies returned fire.
Both men are lucky to be alive, Donahue said.
"It's God's blessing," said Donahue."It could have been far worse."
SWAT officers and Caldwell police found Batt in a garage after the shooting, where they say he shot himself. He's been in critical condition since. Both deputies are on paid leave from work and have medical insurance, but Canyon County sheriff's officials say they've been overwhelmed by the concern and generosity of citizens who want to help the deputy and his family.
"We put this press release out because there are additional costs when you're laid up and not working" Donahue said.
Both deputies will undergo medical evaluations and other procedures before it will be determined if and when they can return.
"Obviously we'd like to have him back, and my belief is that he will return," Donahue said. "Obviously for the second deputy who was in the hospital for a longer period of time, that's a lot of longer recovery that he's facing."
Nampa police is leading the investigation into the shooting.
Monetary donations can be made at an IDADIV Credit Union to the Injured Canyon County Deputy Account.
Other donations like cards, baskets and gift cards can be dropped off at the Canyon County Sheriff's Office at 1115 Albany St. in Caldwell. Donations brought in before 3 p.m. will be delivered to the deputy that day.
Donahue said the outpouring of support has been "very humbling,"
"It really shows what a great place we live in in Treasure Valley as a whole. The support is coming in everywhere," Donahue said. "It just makes you proud to be in law enforcement and be part of the brotherhood."