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Man hospitalized after being shot by police in neighborhood near Cole Road

Man in hospital after police shot him New Years Day morning

Police are still in the early stages of investigation, but Eugene Smith, Boise Police deputy chief of operations, speaks to media about what officers know now about the shooting on South Wild Phlox Way near Cole Road.
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Police are still in the early stages of investigation, but Eugene Smith, Boise Police deputy chief of operations, speaks to media about what officers know now about the shooting on South Wild Phlox Way near Cole Road.

A 57-year-old man was in critical condition at a Boise hospital Monday after he was shot by Boise police during a morning confrontation in a Bench neighborhood.

The man’s name has not been released. A knife was recovered near the man after the shooting, and he appeared to have previously inflicted knife wounds, according to the Boise Police Department.

At 7:15 a.m. police recieved a report of a man with a gun at a residence on South Wild Phlox Way in a neighborhood north of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Boise temple on Cole Road. Police also received information that the man was suicidal.

When police arrived, the man was outside and came toward officers in the dark. He held one hand behind his back and did not respond to commands to show both hands, police said.

One officer fired on the man. That officer was identified as Officer A. Nielsen, a six-year veteran with the Boise Police Department. He has a total of 12 years of law enforcement experience.

The man was injured and taken to a local hospital by ambulance. No officers were injured. Police at the scene provided first aid to the man while they waited for the ambulance to arrive, police said.

The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force is investigating. Detectives with the Garden City Police Department are the lead agency. Investigators are reviewing body camera video of the incident.

Audrey Dutton: 208-377-6448, @audreydutton

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