The listed owner of the house where three Ada County sheriff’s deputies were involved in a shooting Tuesday is 65-year-old Robert Coy, who was wanted on a $10,000 warrant for falsifying a public document, according to a list of warrants on the sheriff’s website.
But when Robert Coy resisted arrest, it was his son, Bryan Coy, 34, who fired a pistol at officers at around 12:45 p.m. in the 9900 block of West Granger Avenue in Boise. According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were at the home specifically to serve the warrant and arrest the elder Coy.
Bryan Coy was taken to a local hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. A warrant has been issued for him on a charge of suspected aggravated assault, with a $1 million bond.
When he is released from the hospital, Bryan Coy will be moved to the Ada County Jail and booked on the felony assault warrant.
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Robert Coy was booked on suspicion of the felony charge of offering a false or forged instrument. He is being held on a $10,000 bond, and additional charges are possible, authorities said.
The three officers who fired at Bryan Coy are all members of the Anti-Crime Team In Our Neighborhoods: Sgt. Pat Schneider, who has been with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years; Deputy Ryan Donelson, who has been with the agency for 12 years; and Deputy Terry Lakey, who has been with the agency for 11 years.
The Anti-Crime Team In Our Neighborhoods is a four-deputy team that focuses on “specific crime problems and quality-of-life issues” in planned communities across Ada County.
The Boise Police Department is leading the investigation into the shooting as part of the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force. That task force is made up of law enforcement agencies across the county. Shooting investigations are led by a different agency than the one involved.
Some of the Coys’ neighbors told the Statesman that they heard 12 rapid shots when the exchange happened. Bradley Steiger said he was told by police that between 10 and 14 shots were fired.
When the deputies went to serve the warrant, things escalated so quickly that they weren’t able to alert neighbors through a reverse-911 system.
Police radio conversations suggest that deputies had to go through and clear the house after the shooting.
“We didn’t hear a thing in the world — except the deluge of police cars,” said Don Wyatt, who has lived on Mitchell Street across from the Granger Avenue intersection for eight years.
Wyatt said he and his wife thought the commotion could have been a medical call for one of the elderly folks living in the mobile home park across the street.
“I’ve never seen police sweep up on a place in all my life like this,” Wyatt said.
Another neighbor, Kyle Shockey, said his parents have lived on Mitchell Street his entire life. He has never witnessed a similar situation in the neighborhood.
“They normally kept to themselves,” said Josh Adriance, who bought a house on Granger a few doors down from the scene last fall.
Adriance said the neighbors raced cars up and down the street from time to time but were more of an annoyance than anything else. He said he was washing dishes Tuesday when he saw a police car “rip around the corner,” so he came outside.
“They had one guy handcuffed, and they took him into the police car,” Adriance said. “They put one guy in an ambulance.”
Adriance said he asked an officer whether he should be concerned about the scene as it was unfolding and was instructed to stay out of the street, where much of the police activity was focused on Tuesday afternoon.
It’s been just a week and a half since Boise’s last officer-involved shooting. That one involved a man in the Foothills who threatened trail users and their dogs, and then shot a dog. He died in a confrontation with Boise police.
Just Monday, Idaho State Police shot a woman in Pocatello who was in a vehicle with a man fleeing arrest, the Associated Press reports.