TWIN FALLS — Police shot and wounded a man early Thursday morning after they encountered the man holding a firearm, a statement from the Twin Falls Police Department says.
Officers arrived on the 400 block of Hankins Road where gunshots were reported to be fired outside a residence, Lt. Craig Stotts said in the statement.
Upon arrival just after midnight, officers encountered a 38-year-old man who was armed with a rifle, Stotts said. The situation escalated, leading to the shooting. The wounded man was taken to a regional trauma center, and the extent of his injuries are currently unknown.
Stotts declined to say whether the man fired his weapon, citing the ongoing investigation.
The Critical Incident Task Force (CITF) has been activated to investigate the incident. The Cassia County Sheriff's Office has taken the lead on the investigation to ensure an impartial examination of the circumstances surrounding the officer-involved shooting. To ensure impartial prosecution of the incident, Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs has assigned the CITF investigation to the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office per the memorandum of understanding between those two counties.
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No officers were injured during the incident, Stotts said. As per department policy, all three officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.