Officer Shooting in Fort Hall

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Updated: 11/30/2013 6:26 pm
After saying that police officers aren’t the individuals who decide guilt or innocence for a crime, Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen explained that respect for suspects is part of the job.

“When we have a suspect that is injured, hurt or whatever reason, whether they've made wrong decisions or not, that person still has family members. That person is still a human being and we pray for his recovery,” Nielsen said.

Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, there was a report of a hit and run incident near North Hiline and Tyhee road in Bannock County.

The suspect rammed one vehicle and then fled in his vehicle, a 1997 red chevy blazer. Bannock County Sheriffs deputies then intercepted the suspect on Reservation Road, then pursued him through Cemetery and Pole Line Extension.
Fort Hall Police laid down spike strips to slow the suspect on highway ninety-one. The suspect was stopped by several officers from Bannock County and Fort Hall. The suspect then began ramming police vehicles with his rear bumper. An officer than discharged an undisclosed amount of gunshots at the suspect in an effort to defuse the incident. The suspect was wounded and identified as Kevin Dean Toane, 33 of Fort Hall.

That suspect was originally listed as being in critical condition and was taken to Portneuf Medical Center immediately and then life-flighted to the University of Utah Medical Center. Sheriff Lorin Nielsen had this to say about recent shooting incidents in Bannock County.

“The last two years have been terrible. We’ve had four deaths, caused by officers. That isn’t why we hired on. I know I’ve said that before. That’s not a cliché. We train for it, we practice for it but we hope to never use it,” Nielsen said.

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LaRee78 - 12/2/2013 9:56 AM
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I understand both points from RegularMom74 & Piper. Lets face it RegularMom74 we live in Idaho so HELLO!!! yes race plays into most issues that arise regarding Fort Hall Reservation. Mr. Toane broke the law and should have to owe up to his consequences. The officer who shot Mr. Toane is being investigated along with other law enforcement at the scene. Another fact is the reservation is in Bingham & Bannock County. On another note if it was an individual who was fleeing from Fort Hall to Pocatello would this have been legit for a FHPD officer to shoot? So thinline and RegularMom74 know and understand that yes the racial scars and trauma are there and will not heal until people realize there are many racist people in Idaho. Side note his tires were blown maybe they could of done a maneuver to render his vehicle useless. Anyone thought about that?

RegularMom74 - 12/1/2013 4:23 PM
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Also Piper, they couldn't just let him go and catch up with him later. He was a danger to the public which is why the chase started (remember the accident that started it all?). If they had let him go and he'd run into another car killing someone, it would be the cops fault for letting a dangerous individual continue driving erratically.

RegularMom74 - 12/1/2013 3:43 PM
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White Crane - you can't taser someone who is in a vehicle. You have to be able to make physical contact with the person. Piper, the suspect was ramming his vehicle into officers' vehicles. He was actively causing a situation that could have killed an officer therefore lethal force was justified. Jurisdictionally, he started in Bannock County/Chubbuck and fled to Fort Hall. Therefore, the jurisdiction WAS in Bannock County. And technically, Fort Hall is IN Bannock County and they have an agreement to work together. All I hear is the cops should have done this or that differently. Perhaps the suspect shouldn't have been driving intoxicated, perhaps the suspect shouldn't have left the scene of an accident, perhaps the the suspect should have stopped for officers, perhaps he shouldn't have rammed the police cars. I'm pretty sure that he is culpable for his own actions and is responsible for all the events that transpired due to his actions.

piper - 11/29/2013 5:49 PM
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Thinline, you were the only one who said race..I think the rest of us implied "jurisdiction." There are other options besides shooting someone to get a suspect into custody. It's not always a game of cops and robbers...

thinline - 11/29/2013 5:28 PM
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Why does it come down to race? The subject committed aggravated assault by ramming the first vehicle, which is a felony. Doesn't matter who is driving or location of the suspect. The police will do what is necessary to get the suspect into custody. You can't taser a suspect while operating a motor vehicle. Maybe karma caught up with the driver. All these comments don't make the situation clearer, just muddies the water for more stupid racist slurs, comments, and miss unerstandings!

piper - 11/29/2013 2:19 PM
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Hit and run is not a reason to shoot someone. The cops knew who the suspect was and could have arrested him at his house later. Law enforcement should try to deescalate a situation not make it more dangerous. BCSO needs to let Fort Hall PD handle these situations.

white crane - 11/29/2013 12:34 AM
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The deputy could of used his tazer instead of blasting the young man an unknown amount of times!We need to keep these non-tribal law enforcement out of Fort Hall!

white crane - 11/29/2013 12:11 AM
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Bannock County Sheriff Dept. is out of control! I hope the deputy gets his karma for shooting this young man!
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