Boise police search for subject on Boise Bench
UPDATE: At about 3:25 p.m., many shots were reported fired in an alleyway in the neighborhood. Two police officers and the suspect were all injured. It’s unclear how many shots were fired and who fired them.
Police are now saying they believe the fugitive is Marco Romero, 33, who is wanted in connection with a Tuesday shooting in Meridian that injured two people.
Both wounded officers are headed to a local hospital, according to Boise police. Romero is also receiving medical care, though it’s not clear if he’s also en route to a hospital.
At least one member of Romero’s family has arrived at the shooting scene, distraught.
This is now the 3rd police shooting in the Treasure Valley in 24 hours. Ada County sheriff’s deputies shot a 72-year-old Melba man Thursday night after a chase leading from Canyon County to southern Ada County. Caldwell police today shot a man suspected of attempting to break into a home.
Earlier reporting continues:
Residents north of Emerald and east of Orchard should stay inside, or at least be cautious about their movements, said Eugene Smith, deputy chief of police operations for the Boise Police Department.
In particular, authorities have gathered in the area of Irving and Manville streets amid a search for a suspect involved in a previous shooting.
Police also asked media gathered at the site to move back a block in case of gunfire.
Some details are still scarce, but police say residents of the neighborhood spotted the person being sought.
Dispatchers say police received a report around 12:50 p.m. Friday about a recovered stolen vehicle at Clark and Roosevelt streets. Shortly after, radio traffic suggested a foot chase was taking place around Irving and Manville, some blocks north.
Smith told a Statesman reporter that BPD had sent out emergency alerts to residents of the neighborhood. But it appears not everyone is either signed up for the city’s notifications or otherwise got them.
Ebony Jorgansen, who lives near Wilson and Gage streets, said she did not receive any notification on her cellphone of there being a dangerous suspect in her neighborhood. She doesn’t have a landline.
She said a police officer used her garbage can to set up crime scene tape to block access on Wilson. When she popped out the door to talk to her, the officer advised her to stay inside her house.
Police so far are not saying who the person is that they seek. But Marco Romero, 33, a recent parolee, is sought this week in connection with a Tuesday shooting that injured two people. Meridian police said Thursday that he may have been the man who stole a Mercury Sable from an 89-year-old woman at a retirement community in Meridian. Police have warned that Romero is armed and dangerous.
Both Boise and Meridian police are on scene.
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