Man shot by Boise officer last year sentenced to 30 years in prison

Patrick Zavala
Patrick Zavala

An Idaho judge last week handed down a sentence of 30 years in prison to a man who pointed a handgun at officers and was subsequently shot by police, according to an Ada County prosecutor's office press release.

Patrick Zavala last month was convicted on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated assault on a Boise police officer and two counts of resisting and obstructing officers.

Zavala was sentenced separately for the unlawful possession and aggravated assault charges (5 years fixed and 25 years indeterminate, and twenty years fixed and ten years indeterminate, respectively), with both sentences enhanced by his prior criminal history. His sentences will run concurrently, meaning he will be eligible for parole in 20 years.

In October 2015, Zavala ran from police during a traffic stop with a loaded semi-automatic handgun. Officers pursued him, ordering him to drop his weapon. In response, he pointed the gun at an officer, according to the release.

Officer Adam Crist then shot Zavala, 39, in the right thigh. Zavala's own gun also went off, shooting him in the left hand. He spent five days in the hospital.

In the results of an inquiry earlier this year, Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs found Crist had acted in defense of himself and others.

Nicole Blanchard: 208-377-6410, @NMBlanchard