A Boise Police officer was cleared of any wrongdoing by Bannock County Prosecutor Mark Hiedeman late Wednesday in the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Troy Epperley on May 31. Hiedman labeled the killing a "suicide by cop."
The investigation said that Epperly was armed outside of a garage on North Spakford Way when police responded to 911 calls from Epperley and his estranged wife. Investigators said Epperley had texted his estranged wife that he was intending to commit "suicide by cop." Officers instructed Epperley to stop and drop his weapon. When he refused, he was shot once in the abdomen. Officer began first aid but Epperley died a short time later at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
Hiedeman said the officer who shot Epperly, Matt Jacobs, a five-year veteran of BPD, "acted appropriately under these circumstances."If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK.