According to a press release from the City of Twin Falls, just after 12:00AM on January 11, 2024, Twin Falls Police Department officers rushed to the scene in the 400 block of Hankins Road, Twin Falls, following reports of gunshots fired outside a residence. The situation quickly escalated, culminating in a TFPD officer firing shots at a thirty-eight-year-old armed male.

Tense Encounter Unfolds on Hankins Road

Around midnight, the 400 block of Hankins Road was disrupted by the sound of gunshots. Officers were dispatched promptly to investigate the incident. Upon arrival, they encountered a man wielding a rifle. The situation took a dangerous turn, ultimately resulting in a TFPD officer using lethal force.

The wounded individual, whose identity remains undisclosed, was rushed to a regional trauma center for medical treatment. As of now, the extent of his injuries remains uncertain.

Investigation Underway by Critical Incident Task Force

In accordance with established protocols, the Critical Incident Task Force (CITF) has been activated to delve into the details surrounding the officer-involved shooting. To ensure a thorough and impartial examination of the incident, the Cassia County Sheriff's Office has been entrusted with the lead role in the investigation.

Officer Safety and Accountability Measures

Fortunately, no TFPD officers were harmed during the incident. As per department policy, all officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation proceeds. The Twin Falls Police Department emphasizes the importance of transparency and accountability in such situations, and they are committed to awaiting the findings of the CITF investigation.

Twin Falls County Prosecutor Assigns Investigation to Ada County

To ensure impartiality during the prosecution of the incident, Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs has assigned the CITF investigation to the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office. This decision aligns with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two counties.

This incident highlights the challenging situations law enforcement officers face on duty and underscores the importance of a thorough investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the officer-involved shooting.

We'll keep you updated as more information regarding this incident becomes available.

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