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Coroner identifies Caldwell woman killed in officer-involved shooting in Boise

The Ada County Coroner’s Office on Monday identified the woman who was shot and killed by Boise police near Veterans Memorial Park after she allegedly pointed a weapon at officers early Sunday morning.

Amber Lea Dewitt, 33, died of multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner found. She was a resident of Caldwell.

Dewitt was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting in the 900 block of Clover Drive, east of Veterans Memorial Park off of State Street, at 11:15 a.m. Sunday.

According to the coroner’s release, toxicology results are pending.

Reports of suspicious behavior

Boise police encountered Dewitt around 6 a.m. Sunday after responding to a report of a woman “acting suspiciously and knocking on doors” in the neighborhood, according to a Boise Police Department news release.

Three officers arrived at the scene in two squad cars. When they arrived, they found the woman, later identified as Dewitt, seated in a vehicle, and made contact with her.

“Preliminary evidence indicates that as officers approached the vehicle, the suspect appeared to be reaching and moving things around in the vehicle,” the release said. “As the officers spoke with her she continued to fidget and reach for items in the vehicle and inside her purse.”

According to the release, Dewitt did not comply with requests from the officers to stop reaching for items. Officers said Dewitt then “produced a weapon,” which officials Sunday identified as a handgun, and pointed it at one of the officers.

Two officers fired their weapons at Dewitt. They were identified Monday as Cpl. D. Hofmann, who has 26 years of law enforcement experience, and Officer M. Canfield, who has been with BPD for 9 years. Both officers are currently on paid administrative leave per department policy.

Officials said no officers were injured in the incident, which is now under investigation by a Critical Incident Task Force led by the Meridian Police Department. The task force will review body camera footage from devices worn by both officers who fired their weapons.

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Nicole Blanchard is the Idaho Statesman’s outdoors reporter. She grew up in Idaho, graduated from Idaho State University and Northwestern University and frequents the trails around Boise as much as she can.
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