A man killed one woman and seriously wounded two others at a Nampa house Tuesday morning before he was shot to death by police officers, authorities said at a news conference later in the day.
Three young children witnessed the violent scene but were not injured; the officers who responded all were uninjured as well. The two officers who fired on the suspect have been placed on paid administrative leave.
This is the first officer-involved shooting in Nampa in 2018.
The names of the victims and suspect will be released after next of kin have been notified. The two women hospitalized with “very serious wounds” are expected to survive, said Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue.
The Canyon County Critical Incident Task Force is investigating. The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency.
Just after 8 a.m. Tuesday, police received multiple 911 calls about a stabbing in the 7500 block of Edgebrook Drive. Donahue said the incident was domestic violence – the suspect had been involved with one of the women at the house.
“The relationship has been deteriorating for some time,” Donahue said.
He noted that domestic violence calls are among the most common calls for his department – and most agencies across the country.
“This is something that is all of our problem,” Donahue said. “This is society’s problem. We are not winning that battle, so to speak. As you know, I am very passionate about this issue. I think today is an exclamation point on what we’re facing out there, as a society, as law enforcement.”
In 2016, there were 10 domestic violence-related fatalities in Idaho, according to the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. And as of August 2017, the most recent data available, 15 people had been killed last year in the Gem State due to domestic violence.
No information was released on how many of those involved in Tuesday’s violent incident lived at the house where it occurred.
Donahue said two of the first officers to arrive at the chaotic scene entered the house to engage the suspect – who was armed – and fired their weapons. The officers’ names were not released; they are 14-year and six-year veterans of the department.
Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling offered condolences to family members of the victims.
“We are all saddened by the tragic loss of life which our community experienced today,” Kling said.
She thanked police and paramedics for their quick response and brave actions, which she and Donahue agreed helped save lives.
Multiple Nampa Police Department vehicles were still on scene around 11:30 a.m., as well as an SUV from the Canyon County Coroner’s Office. Donahue said processing the crime scene was expected to take the rest of the day Tuesday and into Wednesday due to the complexity of the crime and large volume of evidence that must be collected.
FATAL OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS
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If you are someone or know of someone experiencing domestic violence in the Treasure Valley, here are some resources that can help:
Women's & Children's Alliance
Domestic Abuse Crisis Hotline: 208-343-7025
Advocates Against Family Violence
Phone number: 208-459-4779