Boise police cite man detained after report of shots fired; bullet holes found in home

Members of Boise Police’s Special Operations Unit arrive at the scene of a reported shooting.
Members of Boise Police’s Special Operations Unit arrive at the scene of a reported shooting.

A man detained Thursday by police after firing a gun in a Boise neighborhood has been cited for unlawful discharge of a firearm in city limits, police said.

Police said Matthew Haberstick, 32, of Boise, was cited after they responded to call for a welfare check at a house in the 3000 block of McKinney Street, near Ustick Road in the Bench’s Winstead Park neighborhood.

According to police:

Officers began arriving about 9:30 a.m., heard shots being fired and saw a man on a front porch holding an AK-47 assault rifle. Officers commanded him to put down the weapon. He eventually complied and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Police believed additional suspects and victims might be inside, so they worked to secure the scene and search the property. They closed a portion of West Ustick Road until almost 2 p.m.

Three nearby schools — Fairmont Junior High, Morley Nelson Elementary School and Mountain View Elementary — were placed on lockdown about 10:30 a.m. for about 12 minutes until police determined there was no risk. Meanwhile, school activities continued as usual, a Boise School District spokesman said.

Police used a robot, a dog and special-operations officers to search the house. They found no one else inside, but they did find multiple bullet holes and broken windows.

The unlawful-discharge citation is a misdemeanor.

The incident came one day after a man in Meridian threatened his neighbors with a gun, then fled to Boise. But the events were not related, said Meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea.

The man, who police identified as Herman Sedillo, was still being sought Thursday. He ditched his pickup near Cole and Overland in Boise. Police said Sedillo was armed, possibly high on methamphetamine and dangerous.

Police abandoned their search for him in the Cole/Overland area after recovering his truck because they believed Sedillo was picked up by someone. Police on Thursday were still urging Sedillo to turn himself in.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller