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Deputy who shot, killed Middleton man in March won’t be charged

Middleton shooting body camera footage

Canyon County deputies responded to a domestic violence report on March 18, 2015 in the 9000 block of Charles Way in Middleton. During a confrontation, Canyon County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Bingham shot and killed Brandon Rapp, 31, who had a firearm
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Canyon County deputies responded to a domestic violence report on March 18, 2015 in the 9000 block of Charles Way in Middleton. During a confrontation, Canyon County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Bingham shot and killed Brandon Rapp, 31, who had a firearm

Idaho State Police on Thursday cleared Canyon County Deputy Chad Bingham, who shot Brandon Rapp, 31, on March 18.

Police announced the news and provided a statement from Rapp’s family members, who were not present:

“The family would ask for privacy at this time. We have lost a father, son, brother and uncle. Our lives are forever changed, and we will love and miss him forever.”

ISP and the Idaho Attorney General’s Office were brought in to investigate the shooting, which began when Canyon County deputies responded to a domestic violence report in the 9000 block of Charles Way in Middleton.

Police showed video from Bingham’s body camera at a news conference Thursday. The camera was tilted toward Bingham’s right and much of the video is dark, but his confrontation with Rapp can still be heard.

Bingham, the first deputy to arrive on scene, became involved in a confrontation with Rapp, who had a firearm. Bingham had approached on foot, and though it’s not visible in the body camera footage, he said Rapp pointed a pistol at him.

In the footage, Rapp can be heard yelling at Bingham:

“It’s a f------ squad car. I’m f------ shooting, b-----.”

Bingham then asks Rapp three times to lower his weapon. He told investigators that Rapp did not comply.

Bingham shot four rounds; Rapp was struck by three bullets. Bingham performed CPR immediately after Rapp went down but could not revive him, according to ISP Capt. Bill Gardiner.

Investigators determined that Rapp had cocked the pistol but jammed it in the process, meaning that even if he pulled the trigger, the pistol would not have fired, Gardiner said.

The family is still reeling from the loss, Gardiner said.

“I think they’ve come to grips with the events that have taken place,” he said. “That certainly doesn’t help with their loss. They’re struggling. They went through this in March, when the event occurred, and now that the investigation is complete they’re going through it again.”

Bingham was placed on administrative leave for about a week and a half after the shooting, said Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue.

Bingham had been with the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office for three years at the time of the shooting and was a patrol officer for two years before that.

“It’s a very difficult thing for an officer to go through,” Donahue said. “Obviously, we raise our hand, we take that oath and we put that badge on knowing that this could happen in our career. And yet, you hope it doesn’t happen in your career.”

OFFICER-INVOLVED FATAL SHOOTINGS

Six times this year Idaho law enforcement officers have shot and killed someone while in the line of duty.

In four of those deaths the officer or officers have been cleared. One case is under investigation and the status of the other case was not available Thursday.

Nov. 1: Two Adams County deputies fatally shot Jack Yantis, 62, north of Council. The deputies were on the scene of a traffic accident involving a car and a bull belonging to Yantis. Two family members who witnessed the shooting told the Statesman that sheriff’s dispatch had asked Yantis to take care of the injured bull. Yantis had a rifle and was preparing to shoot the bull when deputies spun him around and then shot him, the family said. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office has body cameras but it has not been revealed whether the deputies were wearing the cameras or whether they were turned on. The Idaho Attorney General’s Office and FBI are each conducting investigations into the shooting, which could take several months.

Aug. 11: A Bonner County deputy fatally shot Casey George Alarcon, 34, in Sandpoint. Two deputies and a Sandpoint police officer were serving Alarcon with an arrest warrant when a struggle ensued. Alarcon reportedly pulled a weapon and fired two shots at the officers. One deputy returned fire, shooting Alarcon once. The incident was captured on the deputy’s body camera. The Region One Critical Incident Response Team is conducting an investigation. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the investigation, did not return the Statesman’s call requesting an update on the investigation.

April 6: A Bonneville County deputy fatally shot Tyrell J. Larsen, 31, near Rigby. During a two-county vehicle pursuit that started in Bonneville and ended in Jefferson, Larsen crashed his truck and exited his vehicle with a rifle in hand. Video and audio footage showed that the deputy ordered Larsen to drop the weapon and show his hands at least five times. The deputy fired six shots, striking Larsen four times. The Southeast Idaho Critical Incident Team conducted an investigation into the shooting. Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Robin Dunn determined there was no negligent action by the officer.

March 18: A Canyon County deputy shot and killed Brandon Rapp, 31, in Middleton. The deputy was responding to a domestic disturbance call when Rapp came out of the home with a gun. On Thursday, Idaho State Police announced the Idaho Attorney General’s Office would not be filing charges against the deputy.

Feb. 16: A Boise Police Department officer shot and killed Michael Kenneth Casper, 26, after Casper pointed a gun at another officer. Police were responding to an early morning report of a man using a crowbar to break windows at a home on the Bench. The Statesman was not able to verify whether there is body camera video of the shooting. The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force investigated the shooting. Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs determined there was no negligent action by the officer.

Jan. 24: Rexburg Police Department officers shot and killed Darryl Kurt Myler, 41, in Rexburg, following an armed robbery at a drugstore. Officers located the suspect, ordered him to stop and show his hands, and told him he was under arrest, according to the Rexburg Standard. Myler pulled a pistol from his jacket pocket and fired four times at officers. The officers fired 28 times at Myler. The Statesman was not able to verify whether there is body camera video of the shooting. The Eastern Idaho Critical Incident Response Team investigated the shooting. Madison County Prosecutor Sid Brown determined there was no negligent action by the officers.

OFFICER KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY

One Idaho law enforcement officer has died in the line of duty this year.

On May 5, Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore, 43, died after he was shot by Jonathan Daniel Renfro during a traffic stop. Court documents say Moore was wearing a body camera that caught video and audio of his encounter with Renfro. A trial is slated for September 2016.

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner Cynthia Sewell: 208-377-6428, @CynthiaSewell

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