Officer Involved Shooting

UPDATE 10/14/2021 8:30 p.m.: The Bannock County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim as 41-year-old Buddy Byron McKenzie from Richland, Washington.

The Yakima County, Washington Sheriff's Office confirmed McKenzie was wanted on an arrest warrant for first and second degree murder charges. 

The investigation is ongoing.

ORIGINAL STORY: The following is a press release from Bannock County: 

The Southeastern Idaho Critical Incident Team is investigating after an incident involving shots fired near McCammon in Bannock County.

The incident began at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Bannock County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to assist in a pursuit that began in Caribou County.

Deputies were advised that the male driver of a small white pickup had fired multiple gunshots at law enforcement.

Law enforcement from several local agencies followed the suspect vehicle westbound on Highway 30 through Lava Hot Springs attempting to safely stop the pursuit with spikes, however the suspect continued driving. The suspect vehicle came to a stop at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Highway 30 near the McCammon exit off Interstate 15.

After a lethal threat from the suspect, law enforcement was forced to fire their weapons. The suspect was pronounced deceased on scene. Officers involved were not physically injured. In addition to Bannock County deputies, deputies from the Caribou County Sheriff’s Office, troopers with the Idaho State Police, and Soda Springs Police officers also responded to the incident.

There is no ongoing threat to the community.

This situation continues to develop. More information will be released as the investigation allows.

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