A police officer in Idaho killed a man who mistakenly thought he was a suspect accused of a felony against an officer and fled a traffic station, said Idaho Falls Police Chief Brice Johnson.
The name of the officer involved and the name of the dead man were not revealed.
The family of the deceased requested that his name not be revealed. The employee has been placed on paid administrative leave. The Eastern Idaho Critical Incident Task Force and Idaho State Police will investigate the accident.
Johnson said officers were tracking the suspect to a house, where they found a man in a black T-shirt with a pistol. Johnson said the officers ordered the man to lay down his weapon.
The police chief said it was not currently clear what caused the shooting, but the man in the black shirt was shot and killed shortly after the officers entered the house. The police then learned that he was not the suspect and that he was staying in the house.
The suspect was later found hiding in a shed on nearby property and arrested. Johnson did not say whether the suspect was armed.
Johnson said body camera footage captured the accident.
“There are no words to express how heavy our hearts are today,” Johnson said. This situation is very tragic for the family, for the officer, and for those who love and care for them. We all feel the weight of what happened today. Our sincere sympathy goes to the family and friends of those involved, especially the family of the deceased. “