UPDATE: Ada, Boise law enforcement cleared in March shooting

kterhune@idahostatesman.comSeptember 18, 2013 

Three Ada County sheriff's deputies and a Boise police officer have been cleared in a March shooting that left a Kuna man hospitalized for months.

The investigation was completed by Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs, who announced Wednesday that no criminal charges will be filed against any of the officers.

Dispatchers received a report in the early hours of March 9 that Peter C. See, 42, was planning to commit suicide. He had pointed a gun at a male relative before leaving in a truck, the caller said.

Several hours later, See called 911, telling dispatchers that he planned to hurt himself and others. Officers found the truck on Cloverdale Road at 3 a.m.

But See told deputies that there would be a “bloodbath” if officers approached him, Loebs said. See pointed a .44 Magnum at deputies before fleeing in the truck again, police said.

See led deputies on a high-speed chase before the truck hit a spike strip. He got out of the truck and pointed his gun at the four officers: Ada County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Santucci, deputies Morgan Case and Carl Olsen, and Boise Police Officer Jason Green. All four fired, striking See eight times.

Even after he was shot, the officers had to use a police dog and a Taser in order to take See into custody when he refused to comply with commands, Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney said in March.

After See was in custody, the officers found his gun. It was fully loaded and had been cocked, police said.

Two of the officers who shot See had been involved in other police shootings. In 2007, Santucci was one of two deputies who shot and killed Sarah Stanfield near Fruitland. In 2006, Santucci shot and killed Jonathan DiPaola in Meridian.

Olsen was one of 10 officers who fatally shot Ross McAbee in Boise in 2002.

Both were cleared in those shootings as well.

“No officer ever wants to be in a situation where they must use lethal force, yet there are times when that is necessary to keep people in our community and themselves safe,” Raney said in a written statement Wednesday. “That is what happened in this situation. The actions of Peter See required that lethal force be used.”

See was in critical condition after he was shot and remains in the hospital. He is receiving inpatient care for mental health as well as treatment for his physical injuries, according to Ada County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Patrick Orr. See still faces a charge of felony aggravated assault stemming from the incident.

Attempts to reach members of See’s family were unsuccessful Wednesday.

Loebs said the incident underscored the need for mental health services in the community. Raney previously said that See had a history of mental illness.

“Had Mr. See and his family had access to intervention services when he needed them most, law enforcement officers would likely never have been involved,” Raney said.

Boise Deputy Police Chief William Bones called the morning See was shot “dangerous for all involved” but praised the Twin Falls prosecutor and investigators for their examination of the shooting.

“We appreciate the work of all involved, from the officers and deputies on scene that night, to the (Critical Incident Task Force) investigators who methodically pieced together what happened, to the Twin Falls prosecutor for the careful review of officer’s actions,” he said. “Assuring citizens that our officers act within the law while protecting themselves and others is crucial to not only an effective police department but to maintaining the safety of our community.”

Katie Terhune: 377-6219

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