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UPDATE: Boise Police Mourn Passing of K-9 Jardo, Wounded in Shootout; Officers' Conditions Improving

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UPDATE: Nov. 18, 2016

The Boise Police Department has scheduled a public memorial service for Jardo, the fallen K-9 officer shot during a November 11 standoff in a Boise Bench neighborhood. Jardo had been shot in the chest and while he initially survived surgery which claimed one of his lungs, the animal ultimately died of cardiac arrest a few days later.

The memorial service for Jardo will be Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Taco Bell Arena on the campus of Boise State, beginning at 3 p.m. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. The service is expected to last about an hour.

UPDATE: Nov. 18, 2016

The announcement Thursday evening from the Boise Police Department was grim: "Sad Update on Boise Police K-9 Jardo."

"After an amazing initial recovery, BPD was shocked to learn of Jardo's passing, our Department is deeply saddened by his loss," wrote Boise Police Chief William "Bill" Bones. “Jardo served our community and though we were blessed with these few extra days to share with him, he ultimately gave his life in the protection of fellow officers.”

Jardo had been seriously wounded in a Nov. 11 incident while assisting BPD's Special Operation Unit in its search for a suspect in a Boise Bench neighborhood. The suspect opened fire and shot two BPD officers and the K-9. The suspect was also shot and died at the scene.

While the condition of 17-year BPD veteran Corporal Kevin Holtry has improved as he convalesces at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and fellow Corporal Chris Davis has since been released from the hospital, things took a turn for the worse this week for Jardo.

The K-9 underwent emergency surgery following the Nov. 11 shooting and lost a lung in the procedure. Indications were that the dog had been slowly improving--Jardo even spent some time Nov. 16 visiting a Boise precinct where officers said he "sought out BPD members for every bit of petting he could obtain." Later that day, Jardo attended a candlelight vigil where hundreds of citizens expressed their support for law enforcement.

Jardo was home with his family Nov. 17 when they began to notice he was acting strangely. The dog was then rushed to the WestVet veterinary hospital, where it was determined he had been suffering from internal bleeding and was prepped for emergency surgery. Due to the amount of blood loss, Jardo experienced cardiac arrest and died.

"The entire WestVet team is devastated at the loss of this faithful, loyal Boise police K-9 officer," read a statement from WestVet. "Our hearts go out to the men and women who served with Jardo and those feel his loss so greatly."

BPD officials said those who would like to make a donation in Jardo's memory, may do so in three ways:

-The Boise Police Canine Foundation through the Idaho Community Foundation;

-WestVet's Audrey Pet Foundation;

-Animal Medical Center Boise, benefiting needy animals in the community.

Corporal Kevin Holtry (left) and Corporal Chris Davis - BOISE POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Boise Police Department
  • Corporal Kevin Holtry (left) and Corporal Chris Davis

UPDATE: Nov. 15, 2016

Officials with the Boise Police Department have identified the officer still fighting for his life following a November 11th shootout in a Boise Bench neighborhood.

Corporal Kevin Holtry remains at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and hospital officials said his conditions to slowly improve.

Corporal Kevin Holtry and Boise K9 "Huck" - BOISE POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Boise Police Department
  • Corporal Kevin Holtry and Boise K9 "Huck"
Fellow officer, Corporal Chris Davis was also shot in the Nov. 11 incident and is recuperating at home.

Holtry's identity was made public in advance of a Tuesday evening candlelight vigil, scheduled for the Idaho Peace Officer's Memorial in Meridian, where Treasure Valley law enforcement will share their prayers for Holtry's recovery.

Prior to joining the Boise Police Department, where he has served for 17 years, Holtry was a member of the U.S. Army and also served with the Ada County Sheriff's Office. During his time with BPD, Holtry spent five years as a Neighborhood Contract Officer, four years as a BPD Detectve and has been in the department's Special Operations Unit for 13 years. In 2014, Holtry was recognized for pulling a citizen out of the Boise River.

While Holtry's family expressed their appreciation for the community's support, they ask for privacy.

ORIGINAL STORY: November 12, 2016

More details have been released on the shootout that took place Friday in a Boise Bench neighborhood, leaving two officers and the suspect shot.

The suspect, tentatively identified as Marco Romero, 33, was being sought in connection with a Nov. 8 double shooting in Meridian, when he was tracked by Boise and Meridian police Friday afternoon to an area north of Emerald and east of Orchard streets. Following a yard-to-yard hunt for the suspect, the shooting started around 3:25 p.m. near Irving and Wilson streets.

The suspect and two Boise police officers were rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Following surgery, one of the police officers was still in critical condition early Saturday. The second officer, who also required surgery, was in fair condition. The officers' identities have not been made public. The suspect was dead on arrival.

Police said a formal identification of the suspect would come following a confirmation from the Ada County Coroner's Office.

KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
Additionally, a police dog was injured in the shootout. The animal required surgery and was recuperating at the WestVet Veterinary Clinic in Garden City. Jardo, a Belgian Malinois, has been a member of the Boise Police K-9 unit since 2013.

The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force, with Garden City Police taking the lead, has taken over the investigation into the shooting.

The Bench incident wasn't the only officer-involved shooting in the Treasure Valley during the 24 hours between Nov. 10-11. Caldwell police shot a burglary suspect Friday afternoon following an hours-long manhunt.

Police said a neighbor spotted the man trying to break into a home on Hazel Street and, by the time law enforcement arrived on the scene, they cornered the suspect in a home on Marshall Avenue. Ultimately, the suspect was shot as he exited the home. James Stell, 24, of Parma, was treated and released at a local hospital, then taken into custody.

Earlier, on Nov. 10, a 72-year-old Melba man was shot by Kuna police after leading law enforcement on a nighttime chase through Canyon and Ada counties before coming to standoff on a deserted road south of Kuna.

The man's relatives had contacted law enforcement, fearing he might hurt himself. When police stopped the man's vehicle, they said he pulled a weapon and that's when three officers fired at him. Police said the man was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to a local hospital for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.