Crime

Bail set at $1M for Boise man shot after fleeing traffic stop

Patrick A. Zavala wraps his injured hand Monday afternoon during a video arraignment transmitted from the Ada County Jail to the Courthouse downtown. Public defender Abraham Wingrove, left, represented Zavala at the hearing.
Patrick A. Zavala wraps his injured hand Monday afternoon during a video arraignment transmitted from the Ada County Jail to the Courthouse downtown. Public defender Abraham Wingrove, left, represented Zavala at the hearing. jsowell@idahostatesman.com

Patrick Anthony Zavala, 37, made his first appearance in court Monday, nearly a week after he was shot in the thigh by Boise police following a traffic stop in which he allegedly jumped out of a car and fled.

Zavala spent five days in a local hospital being treated for gunshot wounds to his thigh and hand. He was released from the hospital on Saturday and taken to the Ada County Jail, where he was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and resisting and obstructing officers. He was also held on a warrant for a parole violation stemming from a 2010 conviction in Ada County for felony driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Abraham Mangrove, a lawyer from the Ada County Public Defender’s Office, asked Magistrate Kevin Swain to set bail at $50,000. Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Brian Naugle argued for $1 million bail, saying the serious nature of the shooting incident, Zavala’s extensive criminal record and a long history of parole and probation violations justified the higher amount.

“The state believes the defendant is a significant risk to the community, as well as a flight risk,” Naugle said.

Swain agreed.

Zavala appeared in court sitting in a wheelchair. His left hand, which police said was injured after Zavala shot himself, was heavily bandaged.

The state believes there is likely to be further charges once the investigation into the actual shooting incident is completed.

Brian Naugle, deputy Ada County prosecutor

Zavala has multiple previous convictions, largely in California, including battery of a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, taking a vehicle without consent, obstructing police and receiving stolen property.

He also has a 2010 battery conviction in Idaho, along with the 2010 DUI conviction.

Zavala was shot just before midnight after running through the backyard of a house on Peasley Street in the Depot Bench neighborhood.

There, he allegedly fired at Officer Adam Crist. Crist, an eight-year veteran of the department, returned fire and struck Zavala.

No one else was injured in the shooting, which happened a couple of houses down from the intersection of Rose Hill and Peasley.

Crist was one of four uniformed Boise police officers working an ongoing investigation into reports of suspicious activity, possibly involving drugs and weapons.

At 11:54 p.m., one of the officers pulled over a car at the intersection of Rose Hill and Peasley because its headlights were off. A passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Zavala, jumped out and ran north on Peasley, police said.

Officers pursued the man on foot. They recognized him as the same person who jumped out of a car and fled during a stop the night before in another part of town.

Officers rendered medical aid, including applying a tourniquet to the suspect’s leg, which was bleeding heavily.

The woman who was driving the car that the suspect jumped out of cooperated with police and was not charged.

Investigators with the multiagency Ada County Critical Incident Task Force are investigating the shooting. The task force includes investigators from Boise, Garden City, Meridian, Idaho State Police and Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

Boise police and the Office of Police Oversight are investigating Crist’s actions with regard to department policy and training.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell

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