Bliss Shooting Suspect Returned To Ada County Jail


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - The woman who a Gooding County Deputy Shot in February near Bliss has been returned to the Ada County Jail. Hollee Johnston, 39 of Colorado Springs, Colorado is facing three grand theft charges, a malicious injury to property and petit theft in Ada County. Authorities say Johnston is accused of breaking into a vehicle parked in a lot near North Five Mile and West Overland Road and stealing items valued at more than a thousand dollars. That included electronics, clothing and personal identifying information to two victims. Johnston was also found to be in possession of clothing items stolen from a Boise retail store. The woman and a second suspect in the crimes, identified as Ronald Rice, are both accused of entering Idaho driving a pick-up stolen from a Utah dealership.

Johnston was apprehended following a shooting involving a Gooding County Deputy along the Interstate near Bliss. A deputy shot her after she shot Rice in the stomach. Twin Falls Prosecutor Grant Loebs has cleared the officer of any wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, Ronald Rice, 40 or Montgomery Texas, was returned to the Ada County jail on February 24. He is facing two charges of Burglary, grand theft, unlawful possession of a firearm and was a fugitive to Idaho.

His charges stem from several felony crimes first reported February 1. He is accused of the vehicle break-in near North Five Mile. Rice is also accused of entering Idaho driving a pick-up stolen from a Utah dealership. Rice is currently wanted out of Colorado for two warrants, one for burglary and one for dangerous drugs. He is a convicted felon, which prohibit him from possessing firearms. Officers located a loaded rifle inside the passenger compartment of the stolen pick-up.

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