It’s been 20 years since Boise Police Officer Mark Stall was shot and killed in the line of duty, and on Wednesday night Boise Police Department asks the public to join officers in honoring Stall’s memory.
Several speakers, including Capt. Ron Winegar, who was injured in the shooting, will lead the memorial at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Idaho and 15th streets.
That intersection marks the spot where, in 1997, Stall was killed during a traffic stop by brothers Craig and Doug Brodrick. Stall is the only officer killed in the line of duty in the history of Boise’s police department, which organized in the late 1800s. He was 29.
Through September, BPD has shared photos from Stall’s memorial and his time on the force, prompting family, friends and community members to share their memories of Stall and the shooting that killed him.
In 1997, the Idaho Statesman proclaimed that Boise “lost its innocence” along with Stall’s death.
“Expect a crowd at Wednesday’s funeral,” former Idaho Statesman columnist Tim Woodward wrote at the time. “Boise will be mourning more than the loss of a young officer killed in the violence on our streets. It will be mourning a loss of innocence. This was one of the last places where this sort of thing wasn’t supposed to happen.”