Deputy Justified in the Shooting Death of Bradley Wilson

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Updated: 7/11/2013 11:45 am
An Ada County Prosecutor says he finds no fault in a Bannock County Sheriff's Deputy who fatally shot a man during a standoff at PetCo.

As we reported, Bradley Allen Wilson's mother called police after the two had exchanged disturbing messages. 

Working with Wilson's cell phone carrier, officers were able to locate him at a convenience store near the Idaho State University campus.  When police approached Wilson, he showed them a handgun and got in his car and took off.

Pocatello Police gave chase but called off the pursuit at times when it was too dangerous for them to follow Wilson.

Idaho State Police eventually picked up the pursuit on the Interstate 86 interchange near Simplot.  Wilson was able to ditch troopers by driving off an embankment.  Then Chubbuck Police learned about a man threatening an 18-year-old shopper at PetCo.  Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the store and a standoff ensued. 

Ultimately a Bannock County Sheriff's Deputy had an open shot and decided to take it in order to protect the victim and other officers.

Ada Prosecutor Greg Brower reviewed the investigation as prepared by Lt. Paul Newbold of the Blackfoot Police Department.  Prosecutor Brower issued this statement in a letter written to Bannock County Prosecutor Stephen Herzog, Banock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen and Lt. Paul Newbold, "My conclusion is that there should not be any criminal charges filed.  The shooting death of Bradley Wilson was a justified use of deadly force necessitated by the threat Mr. Wilson posed to numerous police officers and especially to an 18-year-old young man who was shopping at PetCo.  Mr. Wilson was holding that young man as a hostage at gunpoint."

The entire letter written by Prosecutor Brower Can be viewed above.
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