Police: Boise man charged with attempted murder after pulling gun on officers

July 21, 2013 



A 55-year-old Boise man is in the Ada County Jail on felony charges of attempted murder and assault after pulling a gun on officers when they were investigating a report of domestic violence, police say.

Police were called to a home near Five Mile and Ustick roads at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

James Norman Twitchell let officers into the residence, but then reached for a handgun that was sitting on top of an entertainment center and began to turn toward the officers, police say. A struggle ensued, and Twitchell was taken into custody.

No shots were fired during the melee. An officer suffered injuries to his hand, and Twitchell's face was badly bruised. Both were treated at a Boise hospital.

Investigators say they determined that Twitchell intended to shoot the officers. While at the hospital, Twitchell kicked an officer in the chest, police say.

Twitchell was charged with two counts of attempted murder, one count of assault on a law enforcement officer, and one count of misdemeanor assault-domestic violence.

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