Two Canyon County sheriff's deputies shot in the line of duty last month will be presented with footballs autographed by Boise State football Coach Chris Petersen during a ceremony before Saturday's game.
The deputies, whose names are expected to be publicly released that day, will be joined by their families and members of the Boise State Sports Marketing office.
"Following the presentation, the deputies and their families will get a chance to take pictures on the blue turf before heading to their seats to watch the game," according to a news release from county spokesman Joe Decker. The deputies also received complimentary game tickets for them and their families.
The deputies were shot Oct. 23 while looking for Kyle Alan Batt, who was accused of an aggravated assault against his girlfriend involving a gun in Caldwell earlier that day. Police say Batt shot the deputies then shot himself after a SWAT team found him hiding in a garage and standoff ensued.
One of the deputies was treated and released from a hospital but the other was shot twice and underwent surgery. He's still not returned to work. Investigators say his bulletproof vest saved his life by stopping bullets fired into his chest by Batt as he fled.
Batt, 27, has been identified as a white supremacist with ties to local hate groups, including the Hammerskin Nation, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Batt was shot at least once in the leg by a deputy who was able to return fire and is recovering from his wounds at a local medical facility.
The Nampa Police Department is leading the investigation into the shootings, which the ADL describes as "the latest in a string of nearly 30 shootouts between police and domestic extremists in the United States since 2009."