- George Prentice
- Around 100 friends, family and acquaintances gathered at the Idaho Building on Feb. 23 to honor the memory of 26-year-old Michael Casper, who was killed at his home in a police-involved shooting on Feb. 16.
Following an internal probe and an outside review from a Twin Falls prosecutor, the Boise Police Department pointed to Michael Casper for putting them in extreme danger, which led to Casper being fatally shot by police at a Boise apartment building on Feb. 16.
“The actions of the suspect placed his neighbors and responding officers in extreme danger," said Boise Police Chief Bill Bones in a prepared statement. "Considering the first officer, Officer [Jason] Green arrived on scene as shots were being fired toward neighboring homes, toward himself and toward other officers, his response to the violent actions of the suspect likely saved others from serious harm.”
In an official statement released Oct. 22, BPD said Officer Green "acted within training and policy and while defending the neighborhood and arriving officers from active gunfire from the suspect."
Family members of 26-year-old Michael Casper were filled with questions following the fatal shooting. They told Boise Weekly they were particularly concerned by the lack of details regarding the several hours prior to Casper's shooting. According to the friends and family BW spoke to, Casper had everything to live for. No one knew that more than his mother, Fran Gough.
At approximately 1:23 a.m. on Feb. 16, Boise Police were summoned to the 3000 block of Malad Street in Boise following a 911 call reporting a man smashing windows at a nearby apartment. BPD Officer Green later told investigators he heard shots as he approached the residence. Green said he saw the suspect inside the apartment, holding a gun. According to the report, "Green yelled three times for Casper to drop his weapon. Casper 'shouldered' the weapon as if to fire. Green knew [another BPD officer] was approaching and was in the area where the gun was pointed and that the area was a well-populated residential neighborhood." Green said he fired three shots at a wall in front of Casper. Green said Casper then "forcefully shoved the barrel of the gun out the window." Green said he fired four to five more shots. Casper was found dead inside a short time later.
An investigation by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force found eight spent bullets, fired by Officer Green, at the scene. ACCITF also found "evidence of shotgun slugs and pellets as well as rifle rounds being shot from inside the home." Crime scene personnel said multiple shots had been fired "into the vehicles, driveways, fences, a camper and houses across the street from the suspect residence."
In a letter to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Twin Falls Prosecuting Attorney Grant Loebs wrote, "I have determined that no criminal charges should be filed against Officer Green," adding "Green's lawful use of deadly force in the attempt to defend himself, other law enforcement officers, and members of the public from Mr. Casper who was then shooting a firearm at police who responded to a disturbance to a disturbance at his house."
An independent review by the City of Boise Office of Police Oversight is still in process.
- courtesy Michael Casper's family
- Michael Casper was remembered as a "lovely young man" who "never sat still."