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Meridian police shoot and kill armed man on domestic dispute call

Meridian police shot and killed a man Saturday afternoon after he pulled a handgun from his waistband during a confrontation with officers who were responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The incident took place in the 800 block of Newport Street at approximately 12:20 p.m., the Meridian Police Department said in a news release.

Officers were called to the residence on a report that a man had a knife. They arrived and found blood near the front door and located the victim, who said the suspect was grabbing knives and destroying the home, according to the news release.

Officers found the man, who has not been identified, in the backyard of the residence. In the release, Deputy Chief of Police Tracy Basterrechea said the man told officers that he was "not going back to jail" and then pulled out a gun. One officer fired a Taser and the other then fired his weapon, striking the man in the chest, police said.

The man was given aid at the scene and transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The incident is being reviewed by the Critical Incident Task Force, as is the case with all officer-involved shootings. The Boise Police Department will be the lead agency, assisted by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Garden City Police and the Idaho State Police.

Both officers were placed on leave pending an investigation.

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