Caldwell cop-shooter sentenced to 40 years

December 13, 2013 

— A man who shot two Canyon County Sheriff’s Office deputies will spend at least 30 years in prison, Judge Thomas J. Ryan ruled Friday.

Kyle Alan Batt, 28, fired at the two deputies Oct. 23, 2012 when they came to his house to investigate an aggravated assault incident against Batt’s ex-girlfriend.

Batt fired 11 times at Deputies Michael Roth and Brad Childers, hitting them both multiple times. Childers returned fire, hitting Batt in the leg before tending to Roth, who was seriously wounded.

A manhunt for the shooter ensued, and Batt was found hours later hiding in a friend’s garage. As deputies approached the suspect, he shot himself in the face.

But Batt survived the suicide attempt, and pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer in October. He was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison, the maximum sentence possible.

The two deputies also survived, although Roth has not yet been cleared to return to work. The pair received Medals of Valor and Combat Cross Medals for their actions.

In a victim impact statement, Childers said Batt was not safe for the community, but he hoped the man could someday rehabilitate his life.

“Over the past year, Deputy Roth and I have been healing physically,” he said. “With the closure of this case, we can now begin healing mentally.”

Roth, who needed surgery after being shot twice in the arm said Batt’s actions would stay with him for a long time.

“Every time I see the scars on my left arm, shoulder, and side–I remember,” he said in court Friday. At all the physical therapy and doctor’s appointments–I remember. All the times y youngest son has come over to me out of the blue, hug me as his eyes fill up with tears and and say ‘I’m so glad you didn’t die, Daddy’–I remember.”

Deputy Prosecutor Erica Kallin charged the court to hold Batt accountable for what he had done, and mete out the maximum sentence.

“These are the men that put on a badge and uniform every day to protect the public and uphold the laws of this country,” she said. “The message needs to be sent that if you harm law enforcement, you will be held accountable for your actions and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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