Officer injured, suspect charged with aggravated battery on law enforcement

August 16, 2023

Arrested: Christopher Woodard, 32, Boise

Charge: Battery on a Police Officer (F), Probation Violation

Around 2 pm on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, a Boise Police officer was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on the 600 block of S. 13th Street. The officer made contact with the suspect, Christopher Woodard, who was located on the third floor of the building. During the attempt to arrest Woodard, Woodard struck the officer numerous times with his fists. The officer utilized multiple taser deployments on the suspect before Woodard attempted to pick the officer up and throw him over a nearby third-story railing to the ground below. The officer, being battered and fighting the attempt by the suspect to throw him over the railing, ultimately implemented a level 3 Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint (LVNR) to stop the suspect from causing further injury. Woodard was safely rendered unconscious and taken into custody without the use of deadly force. The officer was transported to the hospital and treated for multiple injuries.  Woodard was transported to the hospital for evaluation before being booked into the Ada County Jail on the listed charges.

“Boise Police officers face danger every day and every night.  Officers get hurt doing their jobs regularly, and are the victims of violent attacks against them too frequently, sometimes with weapons and sometimes without, but each event has the potential for significant injury to our officers. The vast majority of these incidents occur without fanfare, without press coverage, and frankly, without notice in most cases. When an officer comes this close to serious injury or death, I feel obligated to let our community know more about the sacrifices our officers are willing to make for the sake of public safety, and the close calls that often happen without the police use of deadly force and without most people’s knowledge,” said Boise Police Chief Ron Winegar.

Contact: Boise Police Media Relations

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