A man named Tanner J. N. Shoesmith in his own backyard was fatally shot by police after an officer mistook him for a suspect, officials claim.
In the rear of his own property in Idaho, the unidentified Latino officer shot the man, who has not yet been identified, while looking for a suspect suspected to be armedwho had fled from a traffic stop.
The New York Times confirmed the officer wore a body camera that was in action during the shooting.
He was 22 years old.
Fatally Shot By Police Full Details
The Police Department of Idaho Falls said that the man being followed was found hidden in a shed and was arrested. He was identified as Tanner J. N. Shoesmith by the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, KIFI posted.
The East Idaho News confirmed that he was booked at the Bonneville County Jail on outstanding warrants for failure to appear before the court on charges of felony assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and giving false information to police.
A sheriff’s deputy pulled over a car in Idaho Falls just after midnight because of a broken tail light, according to a statement from the Idaho Falls Police Department. The passenger fled while the driver stayed in her car, authorities said.
The Idaho Falls police said in their statement that police officers and deputies were called to the scene and began searching for the man, a lager known as Shoesmith, who was identified as wearing a black shirt and khaki pants.
NBC News reported that a resident told an officer that they had seen the suspect run through their yard and that the resident thought the suspect was armed with a pistol. This data was given to all officers, the police said in their statement.
According to the Idaho Falls Police Department’s statement, “Officers and deputies surrounded the residence and backyard in order to prevent the suspect from fleeing, Due to the information that the suspect may be armed, and a prior history of violence when interacting with police officers, law enforcement personnel entered the location with their service weapons drawn.”
At a news conference, Idaho Falls Police Chief Bryce Johnson said that “We do not currently have the answers as to what exactly occurred during these moments,”
Johnson added, “There are no words to express how heavy our hearts are today. This situation is devastatingly tragic for the family, for the officer, and those that love and care about them,”
“We all feel the weight of what has occurred today. Our sincere sympathies are with the family and friends of those involved, most especially the family of the deceased.”