Boise Police are still searching for a man who installed some new air holes in a squad car in the early morning of February 28. Police say that during a routine traffic stop next to the Boise State football stadium at 3:24 a.m., Harlan Hale, 39, shot at two officers from the backseat of a Ford Taurus before the car sped away. Police returned fire, damaging the vehicle, but were unable to stop the car.
Shortly after the shooting, officers were able to track down several of the car's other occupants, including 31-year-old Albert Rosano of Boise, who has been charged with the felonies carrying a concealed weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm. Hale, however, is still at large after allegedly stealing a blue 1992 Subaru wagon from the 1000 block of 10th St. between 4 and 5 a.m. He may also be driving a silver 1994 Nissan pickup.
Hale is white, six feet, two inches tall and dons blonde hair, blue eyes and numerous tattoos-including one across the front of his neck that just screams "upstanding citizen." He is known to be armed and may be dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to call Boise Police dispatch at 377-6790.
Coincidentally, the shootout occurred exactly one year after a similar incident in Boise, when Boise officer Derek Whipps was shot three times at point-blank range through a car window. Whipps' shooter, Juventino Torres-Vargas, is currently serving 25 years without parole in the Idaho State Prison on aggravated assault and attempted murder charges. After almost a year of recovery from a collapsed lung, Whipps returned to service on February 25.