Update: 3/20/24 Shooting Investigation

March 28, 2024

Arrest: Tia Garcia, 27, Twin Falls

Charges: Aiding and Abetting Escape (F)

The Boise Police Department worked with the Ada County Prosecutor's Office to charge an additional suspect in relation to the shooting investigation on Wednesday March 20, 2024. Suspect Tia Garcia was already in custody at the Twin Falls County Jail following her arrest on March 21 for a probation/parole violation. Garcia now faces an additional charge related to her involvement in the escape of Skylar Meade and has been booked into the Ada County Jail. Evidence indicates Garcia had knowledge and was involved in the planning and execution of the escape.

“The Boise Police Department is continuing to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate these criminal acts and we remain dedicated to seeking justice for all victims,” said Boise Police Chief Ron Winegar. “We are thankful for the coordination among law enforcement officers and prosecutors across the state of Idaho, who helped bring this dangerous situation to an end.”

The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force is continuing to investigate the officer-involved shooting portion of this incident. The involved Boise Police officer is W. Anderson, who has 27 years of law enforcement experience with the last 12 years at BPD.

Further information, on body video and all the specific details about what happened and when will be released in their entirety following the investigation.


Previously Released by Idaho State Police on March 22, 2024

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Previously Released by Idaho State Police on March 21, 2024

Law Enforcement Arrest Two After Inmate Escape


Previously released by Boise Police on March 20, 2024 at 5:18 pm

Boise Police detectives have identified the man suspected of being involved in the overnight shooting of IDOC officers as Nicholas Umphenour.  Officers have obtained a warrant for Umphenour’s arrest on two charges of Aggravated Battery against law enforcement and one charge of aiding and abetting an escape. The warrant has a two million dollar bond. Officers continue to warn that the suspect, Nicholas Umphenour, and the escaped inmate, Skylar Meade, are considered armed and dangerous, so if you come in contact with them, do not approach. Call 911 or Ada County Dispatch at 208-377-6790.

Suspect: Nicholas Umphenour is described as being 5’11”, about 160 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Warrant: Aggravated Battery against law enforcement and one charge of aiding and abetting an escape.

BPD’s investigation led them to identify Umphenour as a suspect and confirmed that he is an associate of Skylar Meade.  At this time, it is unknown exactly where they are or where they are headed.  Officers have also identified the license plate and vehicle they fled in and are continuing to look for the vehicle.

Vehicle description: The vehicle is a Grey 2020 Honda Civic with license plate 2TDF43U.

The investigation is ongoing.

Suspect: Nicholas Umphenour
Suspect: Nicholas Umphenour
The vehicle is a Grey 2020 Honda Civic


Previously released: March 20, 2024, 12:09 pm

Boise Police investigators are providing updated photos of suspect Skylar Meade. Meade is approximately 5’06”, 150 lbs. He is considered armed and dangerous so if you come in contact with him, do not approach. Call 911 or Ada County Dispatch at 208-377-6790.

suspect Skylar Meade
suspect Skylar Meade


Previously released: March 20, 2024, 9:24 am

Officers across the Treasure Valley are continuing to search for the two suspects mentioned in the previous news release.

This incident began at 2:15 am as Idaho Department of Corrections (IDOC) officers had transported IDOC inmate Skylar Meade to Saint Alphonsus for medical treatment.   As they were preparing to leave to transport Meade back to IDOC, an unknown suspect attacked and fired at the officers, striking two of them.

Boise Police officers responded to the hospital to reports of an active shooter, with one officer firing his duty weapon at an armed individual near the entrance. That individual was later determined to be an IDOC employee. He was not seriously injured and is receiving treatment for his injuries. The hospital was locked down as officers searched the area for the suspect. A preliminary investigation indicates Meade and the shooting suspect got into a grey four-door sedan and fled the area just prior to Boise Police officers arriving.

Meade has been serving time in IDOC for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a firearm enhancement and has prior convictions including felony possession of a controlled substance, grand theft, and introduction of contraband into a correctional facility. He has been incarcerated since October 2016 and his most recent sentence was set to end October 2036.

In total, three IDOC officers were injured. One officer, shot by the suspect is in critical but stable condition. The second officer shot by the suspect has serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The third IDOC officer was injured during gunfire from a responding BPD officer and received non-life threatening injuries.

“This brazen, violent, and apparently coordinated attack on Idaho Department of Corrections personnel, to facilitate an escape of a dangerous inmate, was carried out right in front of the Emergency Department, where people come for medical help, often in the direst circumstances.  When BPD officers responded, they believed the shooter was inside the Emergency Department.  They immediately entered to address any potential continued threat to Emergency Room staff. I am grateful this harrowing incident did not result in loss of life, and we are monitoring the wounded IDOC officers with great hope for a full and speedy recovery of all involved,” said Chief Ron Winegar. “We caution anyone who may have contact with the suspects involved in this violent attack and escape to call 911 immediately and not confront them personally. They are armed, dangerous, and have shown they are willing to use extreme violence in furtherance of their criminal activity.”

Boise police are leading the search for the two outstanding suspects. The Ada County Sheriff's Office is leading the Ada County Critical Incident Taskforce (CITF) investigation into the officer-involved shooting.


Previously released: March 20, 2024 6:16 am

Boise police are leading the search for the two outstanding suspects. The Ada County Sheriff's Office is leading the Ada County Critical Incident Taskforce  (CITF) investigation into the officer-involved shooting. Officers are searching for two suspects following a shooting at Saint Alphonsus shortly after 2 am. Officers have secured the scene. Boise Police are looking for two outstanding suspects last seen traveling in a grey four-door sedan, possibly a Honda Civic with ID plates. One suspect, pictured here, is escaped IDOC inmate Skylar Meade. Both suspects are known to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call Ada County Dispatch at 208-377-6790.

The hospital was placed on a temporary modified lockdown but has since resumed normal operations. An officer-involved shooting occurred during the response to this incident and more information will be released soon. The Ada County Sheriff's Office is leading the Critical Incident Task Force investigation.

Honda Civic
IDOC inmate Skylar Meade

Contact: Boise Police Media Relations


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