Update: Officers continue to search for shooting suspects, Three IDOC officers injured

March 20, 2024

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.

suspect vehicle
suspect vehicle, grey four door sedan
Suspect Skylar Meade

Contact: Boise Police Media Relations


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