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Update: Officer who opened fire on suspect identified

The suspect is in now dead, officials say. An officer has been treated and released
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 2:41 PM MDT
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BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Update Thursday: A press release from the Boise Police Department says that when police officers responded to the scene, they were fired upon by the suspect. Metal and glass fragments cut the face of one of the officers and the hat he was wearing was struck by gunfire.

The officer Boise Police say fired at the suspect was identified by them as Officer C. Dance, an 11-year law enforcement veteran. He is now on paid leave per standard procedure. Security footage from inside the mall shows the suspect was wearing a backpack and open carrying a weapon in the mall.

The investigation into the shooter’s motives remains ongoing.

Update Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.: Police in Boise say the suspect in the Boise shooting has died. Authorities identified the shooter as Jacob Berquist, a person they say was known to them prior to this incident.

“We have been conducting investigations related to Mr. Berquist, looking at any social media information, any other evidence we may have, anything to help us understand motivation,” said Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee. “We have been working with our partners at the local, state, and federal level, to conduct interviews with people who knew him to understand anything we can as to why this event happened and why it happened at the location it did.”

During a press conference, Boise Police said they are searching for a motive for the shooter and that they have confiscated what they have described as items of interest.

The two victims were identified as 26-year-old Jo Acker and 49-year-old Roberto Padilla Arguelles of Rupert. Acker is from Caldwell. Boise Police also say a 52-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman were injured inside the mall while a third woman, a 68-year-old woman was shot while inside her vehicle. All three have non-life-threatening injuries.

Boise Police said one of the deceased victims was a security guard who confronted the guard. A total of 18 gun shell casings were found inside the mall.

Boise Police said there will be an increased police presence at the mall for the time being. They say he acted alone and used a handgun in the shooting.

Update Monday at 10:00 p.m.: The investigation into a shooting that occurred inside and outside the Boise Towne Square Mall this afternoon remains under investigation by the Boise Police Department with assistance from state, local, and federal partners. An exchange of gunfire between the suspect and officer will be investigated separately by the Critical Incident Task Force led by the Meridian Police Department.

Two people have been confirmed deceased as a result of their injuries. Five additional people were transported with injuries, including the suspect and a responding officer. The suspect is in critical condition. The officer has been treated and released. No additional information will be released by the Boise Police Department about the other victims treated at the hospital.

What Happened: Around 1:50 this afternoon, Boise Police officers responded to a shots fired call at the mall on N. Milwaukee, with early reports that at least one person was shot. Minutes later, officers confronted an individual matching the description of the suspect outside of the mall. Gunfire was exchanged resulting in injury to both the suspect and an officer.

Officers continued to respond to the scene and located multiple victims. Working in coordination with mall security protocols, officers worked to evacuate and clear the mall. The mall will remain closed as the investigation continues. At this time, we believe there was only a single shooter involved and there is no ongoing threat to the community at large.

“This was a traumatic experience for our community as a whole and our hearts go out to all the victims, witnesses, first responders, and those who have been impacted by today’s events,” said Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee. “We recognize the community has many questions and concerns. The Boise Police Department will work to make sure we get information out to the community as quickly as possible in conjunction with our investigators and prosecutors.”

With the closure of the Boise Towne Square Mall, any individuals who need to retrieve items left in the mall will be able to do so tomorrow. Further information about this will be shared on BPD’s Twitter and Facebook. The scene is secure at this time and no one will be allowed in tonight.

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BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — UPDATED Monday 7:30 p.m.: The injured officer has been treated and released from the hospital. The suspect remains in critical condition.

Original story posted at 2:00 p.m.: Two people are dead and four are injured after a shooting at the Boise Towne Square Mall on Monday. The incident happened earlier Monday afternoon after police responded to reports of shots fired.

One of the people injured in the shooting is a Boise police officer after they exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The identities of the deceased are unknown.

The Ada County critical incident task force is in charge of the investigation.

Governor Little released a statement on Twitter saying quote:

“Those injured in today’s unthinkable shooting at the Boise Towne Square Mall are in my prayers. The State of Idaho stands prepared to assist the Boise Police Department as they investigate the shooting. Idahoans are deeply appreciative of our brave men and women of law enforcement and our first responders.”

Boise PD provided an update on the shooting at 4:30. Watch here:

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