Crime

Nampa man shot Saturday has died, police say

Kyle Jackson, 26, died Monday evening, the Nampa Police Department announced in a statement Tuesday morning.

A 20-year-old rival gang member allegedly shot Jackson in the back of the head Saturday after a confrontation. Alberto Chavez is being held on a warrant from Canyon County charging him with destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.

No details on what new charges Chavez might face was immediately available Tuesday.

“We just cannot tolerate this type of violence and behavior as residents of the city of Nampa,” Police Chief Craig Kingsbury said in the statement, going on to thank private citizens and other law enforcement agencies who helped find and arrest Chavez. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Jackson family.”

At about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Kyle Jackson, 26, of Nampa, approached a car in which Chavez was a passenger along the 500 block of Caldwell Boulevard. Chavez told investigators that Jackson, a member of a rival gang, was “verbally attacking him” as he approached the vehicle.

Chavez said Jackson slashed him with a knife on the left side of his face while Chavez was still in the car, according to police. Authorities say Chavez then pulled out a .38-caliber revolver and shot Jackson as Jackson walked away.

Chavez, also of Nampa, was arrested Sunday near Horseshoe Bend following a high-speed pursuit. Also arrested were Luis Castillo-Rodriguez, 21, and Robert A. Johnson, 36, both of Nampa.

Chavez was initially held Monday morning in the Ada County Jail on a charge of aggravated battery, and destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.

He appeared Monday afternoon before Ada County Magistrate Daniel Steckel, who informed Chavez he was being held on the warrant from Canyon County instead. The Ada County charges were dropped.

The warrant carried a bail of $1 million. Steckel told Chavez if he could not post bail, he would be taken to Canyon County to answer to the charges.

Castillo-Rodriguez was initially charged in Ada County with being an accessory to a felony and destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.

He also appeared before Steckel and was told he was being held on a Canyon County warrant accusing him of harboring a wanted felon, Chavez. The Ada County charges were dropped.

Bail was set at $1 million for him as well.

Johnson was charged with felony eluding or fleeing police and driving without privileges. His case is being prosecuted in Ada County, and he is being held in the Ada County Jail on $250,000 bail.

WHAT POLICE SAY HAPPENED

Police say Jackson was unconscious when they found him Saturday evening.

Jackson was taken to a local hospital following Saturday’s shooting and “wasn’t doing very well” when a detective spoke Sunday to a hospital representative, Nampa Sgt. Joe Ramirez said.

It was the second time officers had encountered Jackson that day. Dressed in red gang clothing, Jackson had waved a red-colored rag, made obscene gestures and antagonized passing motorists in the 200 block of Caldwell Boulevard on Saturday afternoon. An officer stopped and spoke with Jackson at about 4 p.m., warning him that he could be arrested for disturbing the peace if he didn’t stop.

Ninety minutes later, police were called to respond to the shooting. A bloody knife was found on the ground next to Jackson.

On Sunday, Nampa detectives conducted surveillance after learning that suspects from the shooting may have been at a residence in the 200 block of 9th Avenue North in Nampa.

“They didn’t want to make contact at the home because they didn’t want to have a standoff-type situation. They were hoping that people would eventually leave that address and they did,” Ramirez said.

At about 4:40 p.m. Sunday, officers attempted to stop a black 1999 Chevrolet Blazer the suspects left in, but the driver refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued, Ramirez said.

“The vehicle headed out on Franklin Road at about 90 miles per hour toward (Idaho) 20/26. They were blowing stop signs and driving reckless, so a supervisor called the pursuit off in that area,” Ramirez said. “We didn’t want anybody running into them or them running into someone at one of those intersections, especially at the speeds they were going.”

Nampa police broadcast an alert to other law enforcement agencies asking officers to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle.

A short time later, an Ada County sheriff’s deputy spotted the Blazer and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle took off and another chase took place on State Street in Boise and on Idaho 55. Officers rammed the car using a PIT maneuver and caused the Blazer to roll near Harris Creek Road, a mile south of Horseshoe Bend.

Castillo-Rodriguez is accused of driving the vehicle that Chavez was in when Jackson was shot.

Johnson was the alleged driver of the Blazer on Sunday. Prosecutors said Johsnson drove 90 mph in a 55 mph zone, swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting spike strips and nearly struck other motorists in trying to elude police. The chase lasted for 19 miles on Chinden Boulevard and Idaho 55 before officers rammed the vehicle using a PIT maneuver.

A fourth person in the vehicle on Sunday was questioned and released. That person played no part in the shooting, Ramirez said.

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