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Mountain Home attacker shot to death in altercation with police identified

After late-night shooting in Mountain Home, sheriff offers update on deputies, sparse info on suspect

A sheriff's deputy was stabbed by the suspect in the altercation Monday night before law enforcement officers shot him dead at the scene. Elmore County Sheriff Mike Hollinshead offered a few more details Tuesday morning.
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A sheriff's deputy was stabbed by the suspect in the altercation Monday night before law enforcement officers shot him dead at the scene. Elmore County Sheriff Mike Hollinshead offered a few more details Tuesday morning.

Aaron M. Thompson, a 31-year-old Mountain Home man, was killed during an altercation with law enforcement officials late Monday night, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office said.

Thompson is accused of attacking two Mountain Home-area officers with a knife.

Thompson is “not new to law enforcement,” Elmore County Sheriff Mike Hollinshead said. He was convicted of six crimes in the past decade, including felony exhibition or use of a deadly weapon in 2012 and felony battery for unlawfully touching or striking a law enforcement officer in 2014.

An Elmore County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed Thompson after the suspect stabbed him and then tried to attack a Mountain Home Police officer, Hollinshead said.

The deputy was stabbed twice, Hollinshead said, but he is recovering at home and doing well after being treated at St. Luke’s Elmore Medical Center. The police officer was not injured. Both law enforcement officers are on administrative leave while Idaho State Police investigate the shooting.

Raymond Tucker lives in the Rose Garden Trailer Park in Mountain Home, where police responded to a call on Monday night that left the suspect dead and a deputy with stab wounds. Here's what he recalls experiencing.

County dispatchers got a call at 11:26 p.m. Monday about a man with a gun at Rose Garden Trailer Park, a small cluster of homes off Old U.S. Highway 30 on the northwest side of Mountain Home.

Upon arriving, the deputy and the officer found a man matching the description given to dispatchers.

“When the officers made contact with him, an altercation occurred with the deputy, and the suspect stabbed the deputy twice,” Hollinshead said. “He jumped down and went after the officer. At that point, the deputy pulled his weapon to protect him and the officer.”

Thompson was declared dead at the scene.

Hollinshead said that he could not confirm earlier reports that the officer also fired shots. He also said that he could not confirm whether or not the attacker had a gun.

Hollinshead said he planned to release the names of the deputy and officer as soon as they completed interviews with Idaho State Police, possibly Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

Raymond Tucker has lived in the trailer park for about a month, though he didn’t know anyone involved in Monday night’s incident. He said things happened quickly — he was alerted to the incident by the gunshots.

“So when I come around my trailer to look where it’s coming from, I see an ambulance, police and all that,” he said Tuesday. “They told everybody to stay in our trailers. So, that’s basically what we done.”

Neighbor Shilo Howe said she saw someone with his hands raised at one point in the confrontation. She went to a relative’s house with her children after hearing gunshots.

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