Boise & Garden City

Vigil marks anniversary of Boise man’s fatal shooting by police

Fran Hopkins of Boise, center, gathers with others who knew and loved her son Michael Casper, who was shot and killed by a Boise police officer Feb. 16, 2015. A candlelight vigil Tuesday evening in front of Casper’s home marked the first anniversary of his death.
Fran Hopkins of Boise, center, gathers with others who knew and loved her son Michael Casper, who was shot and killed by a Boise police officer Feb. 16, 2015. A candlelight vigil Tuesday evening in front of Casper’s home marked the first anniversary of his death. Kyle Green

Family and friends of Michael Casper gathered with candles and roses in front of his former residence at Malad and Gourley streets Tuesday night.

One year earlier, the 27-year-old Winco employee was fatally shot as he stood at a window. Boise Police had responded to reports of a man breaking windows and firing a gun at that residence, and Officer Jason Green opened fire after the man refused to lower his gun and appeared to be pointing it toward an approaching officer, police and an independent investigator said.

Friends and family have challenged the findings that ruled Casper’s shooting justified, but his sister, Amanda Casper, told the 14 adults and four children gathered for a vigil Tuesday that they should “close the book” on hard feelings about the shooting and Officer Green.

Instead, she said, those who loved Mike, aka Mikee, should focus on memories of him skateboarding, playing video games and enjoying life.

“Let’s not bring up the whole investigation thing,” Amanda Casper said. “It just gets the family shook up.”

Casper’s mother, Fran Hopkins of Boise, thanked people for remembering her son, saying, “I can’t explain or describe how good of a kid Mike was. Bless his heart, I don’t think he had an enemy — not one.”

According to his obituary, Casper was a lifelong Boise resident who graduated from Boise High School and worked at Winco Foods for eight years.

According to an investigation Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs completed in October, Officer Green first fired into a wall in front of Casper and then fired again when the man pointed his gun out of the window. The neighborhood was evacuated, and police found Casper dead inside the house.

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