One of two Idaho police officers who were shot during a search for a fugitive was released from the hospital over the weekend, while the other remains in critical condition.
The Boise Police Department said in a news release Saturday that a 17-year veteran of the department, who was not identified, is in critical condition at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. He was shot multiple times.
Chris Davis, a 16-year veteran of the department who was shot once, was released from the hospital Saturday morning.
Both are members of the department's special operations unit.
The suspect, 33-year-old Marco Romero, died in a shootout with police Friday. Romero was a recent parolee who was sought in connection with a Tuesday shooting in Meridian that injured two people.
A BPD canine officer, Jardo, was also struck in the gunfire. He underwent surgery and was also released over the weekend.
On Saturday, Mayor Dave Bieter released a lengthy statement on the shootings.
Yesterday’s news that two of our officers were shot in the line of duty disturbed us all greatly. It is a stark reminder that, even here in Boise, our police officers put their lives at risk on our behalf each and every day. We can never thank them enough for what they do to make our city and families safe.
Cpl. Chris Davis’ release from the hospital this morning came as a great relief. I was able to speak with him last night and wish him and his family well on his quick recovery.
Like all Boiseans, I’m sure, my thoughts and prayers remain focused on the second officer shot yesterday. While his condition has improved, his recovery is likely to be more lengthy and challenging. I ask our entire community keep him and his family in your prayers as they work through this difficult time and toward his full recovery.
I’d also like to recognize Jardo, the canine officer who was shot during yesterday’s incident. Our canine officers play an important role in keeping our city safe and earn great respect from their fellow officers. Get well Jardo.
We don’t fully understand the circumstances of yesterday’s incident, but I’m sure the family of the suspect involved is also distraught and struggling with how he became involved in a situation with such a horrible outcome. Our thoughts and prayers go to them as well.
And finally, I’d like to thank the residents of Boise, whose support of our officers during this time has been swift, heartfelt and abundant. On behalf of all of our officers, I thank you. - Boise Mayor Dave Bieter
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