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Police officer leaves hospital after surgery; shooting leaves Meridian man dead

Meridian Police Chief briefs media on officer-involved shooting

Officers were looking for an individual with an outstanding felony warrant when they located the suspects, who fled on foot. Officers pursued on foot, and one suspect opened fire on police, said Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey.
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Officers were looking for an individual with an outstanding felony warrant when they located the suspects, who fled on foot. Officers pursued on foot, and one suspect opened fire on police, said Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey.

5 p.m. update: Daniel Isaiah Norris, 33, was the man killed in Sunday's shooting in Meridian, according to the Ada County Coroner's Office.

The coroner's office released Norris' name shortly before 5 p.m. Monday.

Norris "died of multiple gunshot wounds after an altercation with law enforcement," the coroner's office wrote. It gave Norris' time of death as 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

4 p.m. update: Meridian Police Officer Kyle Mikowski has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home from injuries he sustained in Sunday's shooting.

The Meridian Police Department provided a series of updates on Mikowski through Monday, releasing his name at 3:40 p.m.

Mikowski has worked for MPD for about 1 1/2 years, the agency said. Before coming to the agency, the officer had about 8 1/2 years of law enforcement experience elsewhere.

He is "recovering well," according to MPD, which earlier Monday asked the public and press to respect his privacy as he healed.

The agency included another note of "thanks and gratitude to the two (2) citizens who came to the aid of our officer. This is just one of the many reasons we love the Treasure Valley. The partnership between our police and the citizens we serve is like no other."

Earlier reporting continues below:

An officer hurt Sunday afternoon in a shootout in a Boise neighborhood is in good condition after surgery, according to the Meridian Police Department.

One man was killed in the confrontation near Maple Grove and Overland roads. The incident occurred in the area of Mediterranean Drive and Crimson Rose Avenue.

Another man and woman who were with that gunman fled after the shooting in a Dodge Durango. The pair later dumped the Durango at a Suds City car wash at Maple Grove and Overland and fled in a gold SUV, police said.

The second man turned himself in Sunday evening on an unrelated warrant, according to a press release. The woman was still at large Sunday night. She was described as Hispanic with black hair wearing a gray tank top.

The names of those involved, including the officer, have not been released. Police do not believe the public is in danger at this time.

Officers were looking for a person with an outstanding felony warrant when they first encountered the three people, who fled on foot. Officers pursued and the first man opened fire, said Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey.

Darwin Lacer, a resident near Maple Grove, says he heard shots fired.

According to Lavey, the officer was shot at least twice and sustained injuries to one leg in the calf area. The officer returned fire, shooting the man, who died at the scene.

The officer was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and underwent surgery Sunday to remove bullets from his leg and to stop bleeding, Lavey said. Meridian Mayor Tammy De Weerd said in a Facebook post Sunday night that the officer was out of surgery in stable condition.

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A gun was recovered from the dead man.

People nearby said they heard four or five pops before hearing sirens Sunday, but assumed the noises were just fireworks. Dispatchers said they received word of the shooting shortly after 1:35 p.m.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved, including our officers and their families. Nobody likes to go through this, unfortunately this is the second week in a row we've had to do it," Lavey said.

Sunday's shooting followed another officer-involved shooting for Meridian police the previous weekend.

Robert Lyle Barton, of Meridian, died June 23 of a single gunshot wound after a confrontation with police. Barton pulled a gun, which turned out to be a replica of a Western-style revolver, on two officers who were responding to a domestic disturbance call in the 800 block of Newport Street.

When police arrived, they found Barton in the backyard of a residence. He reportedly told officers that he was "not going back to jail" before pulling the replica gun from the waistband of his pants.

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2018 now marks the highest number of fatal, officer-involved shootings in Idaho in almost 20 years, according to a Statesman review of publicly available information. Graphic by Cynthia Sewell

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