The prosecutor investigating the death of a man shot by a Boise, ID, police officer back in June has concluded that Officer Rob Rainford’s actions were justified.
Fifty-year-old Noel Rodriguez was shot in the early morning hours of June 14th on Brynwood Drive, which is just a few blocks away from Capital High School.
Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs reviewed the Critical Incident Task Force investigation and his findings have been released on Friday, 9 December.
According to the incident summary, Boise police officers had responded to a citizen report about a suspected drunk driver.
The officers contacted Rodriguez, who they say attacked them with his pick-up truck and had armed himself with a screwdriver and a wrench.
Loebs has now concluded that Rodriguez had made himself a clear and immediate danger to law enforcement officers and the general public.
Two officers were wearing body cameras that night and recorded a video of the incident.
The Boise Police Department has released a part of that video, which is the first time they’ve had an officer-involved shooting recorded by a body camera.
Chief Deputy Eugene Smith explained that they released portions of the video in an effort to be transparent and show how fast things can happen.
The video starts after Boise police blocked in Rodriguez, as he had already fled from a previous stop.
There’s footage of both a Garden City and Boise police officer of the incident that morning.
You can see in the video how Rodriguez revs up his truck’s engine in an effort to flee the scene for a second time.
Police say that they gave Rodriguez multiple voice commands to stop, however he ignored them.
They add that Rodriguez was trying to use his car as a deadly weapon. Smith said:
The purpose of going through the cameras is for the police department to be as transparent to the community or to the city as possible.
So by having cameras we are convinced that incidents like this demonstrate we can be transparent, but can we be transparent and still protect individuals who involved that deserve privacy and respect.
Boise police say that they are only releasing a portion of the video to maintain the privacy of the individuals involved.
Smith says that after about eight months of having the body cam video, they’ve been able to outfit about half of their patrol units and feel that the cameras have been a success so far.