A Caldwell man accused of helping a fugitive who shot two Canyon County sheriff's deputies last year was arrested Thursday on a felony charge.
Clayton Dean Dewey, 33, alias Vredevelt, helped treat a bullet wound to one of Kyle Batt's legs and allowed him to hide in his heated garage while police searched for him, police say.
Dewey faces up to five years in prison if convicted of accessory to a felony. He's to appear in court Friday and remains in the Canyon County Jail on $50,000 bond.
Batt remains in federal custody on a felon in possession of a firearm charge after being arrested in Dewey's garage at 15818 Richway, near his father's home on Sheryl Lane. Deputies had gone to the home Oct. 23 to arrest Batt, 27, on suspicion of aggravated assault for an incident with his ex-girlfriend earlier that day.
Batt fired upon the deputies as they approached, striking Deputy Brad Childers and Deputy Mike Roth. Childers was treated and released from a hospital that day, but Roth was shot twice in one of his arms. Batt fired shots into Roth's chest as he ran by, police say, but a bullet-proof vest saved the deputy's life. Childers returned to work, but Roth has undergone surgery and continues to recover at home.
Childers returned fire, striking Batt in the leg. Batt then shot himself in the face as deputies approached him in Dewey's garage, but he underwent physical rehabilitation and is now in jail awaiting trial on the federal gun charge.
Deputies recovered a handgun from the garage and say it had an obliterated serial number.
A felony drug conviction from 2004 prohibits him from lawfully possessing weapons.
The Anti-Defamation League has identified Batt as a white supremacist with ties to local hate groups, including the Hammerskin Nation, but his older brother, Ryan Batt, told the Idaho Statesman that Batt has long regretted getting a "white power" tattoo on his chest.
Ryan Batt said Kyle Batt had recently gotten on medication for mood swings and was drunk on whiskey and distraught about the fight with the mother of his children when the deputies approached.