Officer Michelle Havens acted properly in self-defense when she fired one shot at a woman brandishing a BB gun in early March, ruled the prosecutor who reviewed the case.
Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs’ conclusions were announced Wednesday by Boise police.
In March, Ada County prosecutors said police were called to a home in Boise after Jennie Timmons, 38, caused a disturbance and shot at a window with the BB gun.
Timmons, of Caldwell, was at the home uninvited and returned three times that day, prosecutors said. The third time, she encountered Havens, who was concerned that the BB gun appeared to be a real firearm.
Timmons reportedly refused to obey police commands and acted erratically. “Evidence indicates Timmons was attempting to provoke officers with the intent of forcing them to shoot her,” said police in Wednesday’s statement.
Havens fired one shot. She didn’t hit Timmons, who then tried to flee on foot. No one else was injured during the March 3 confrontation.
“Thankfully this incident did not end in a loss of life, but it does remind us of the incredibly difficult positions our police officers face each day,” BPD Chief Bill Bones said in the statement.
Timmons was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of unlawful discharge of a weapon at a house, all felonies. She pleaded not guilty to those charges in May, according to online court records. As of Wednesday, a jury trial was scheduled for Sept. 19.
Boise police have been involved in two more shootings since this one, both involving deaths.
In mid-June, police shot 50-year-old Noel Rodriguez of Caldwell after he rammed his pickup truck into several department vehicles and nearly hit officers on foot with it.
Later that month, police confronted 53-year-old Alan Amundson of Kuna, who had just shot a teen at a home on Bridlewood Circle and opened fire on officers as they arrived on scene. Amundson fatally shot himself during that shootout.