Crime

Gem County man shot, wife found with self-inflicted wound after daylong standoff

Ada County SWAT officers responded to assist the Gem County Sheriff’s Office with a standoff that followed a shooting in a neighborhood north of Emmett.
Ada County SWAT officers responded to assist the Gem County Sheriff’s Office with a standoff that followed a shooting in a neighborhood north of Emmett. KIVI-TV, Channel 6

A man was shot twice at a home north of Emmett late Friday morning, prompting a heavy police presence as investigators tried to make contact with a woman believed to be inside the house, the Gem County Sheriff’s Office reported.

About eight hours later, officers broke into the home to find the woman with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Gem County Sheriff Chuck Rolland said Friday night. He did not say whether the woman was dead but said family members have been notified.

For much of the day, investigators were “not even sure if there (was) someone in the house or not,” Gem County Public Information Officer Michele Chadwick told the Statesman.

By late afternoon, a multiagency SWAT team and an armored vehicle responded to assist in the subdivision, where Kathy and Daniel streets were closed. Officers from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies responded, and Rolland thanked all participating agencies for their help.

The man and woman inside the house are reportedly married, but their names have not been released. The man was taken to a Boise hospital by air ambulance, and information about his condition was not available. He suffered two gunshot wounds, Chadwick said.

Some neighbors were evacuated from adjacent homes and others were asked to shelter in place during the incident, Chadwick said.

After the woman was found, Rolland announced that there was no longer any risk to the public and neighbors would be allowed to return home.

The incident was initially reported as a medical call, with someone reporting an “individual had fallen in the front yard” of a home on Kathy Street, Chadwick said. But the call was upgraded after an ambulance arrived and found the man to be a gunshot victim. No gunfire had been reported before the initial call, she said.

Kristin Rodine: 208-377-6447

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