Boise state official charged with killing police officer

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The Boise State Department of Public Safety has suspended the chief of staff of the state’s public safety department for allegedly killing a police officer.

The Boise County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious person in the area of I-15 and Highway 24 on Saturday, March 14, at 1:24 p.m.

According to a statement released Sunday, the sheriff’s office said a police report identified the officer as “Mike Mears” and that the officer was shot by a law enforcement officer.

Deputy Jason Mears, 40, of Boise, Idaho, was charged with second-degree murder, reckless endangerment, misconduct in office, misconduct with a weapon and obstruction of justice.

The officer was identified as James Taylor.

Deputies were called to the scene by the Idaho Highway Patrol, which said it received a report that a suspicious individual was in a car in the vicinity of the highway near I-25 and Highway 21.

The Highway Patrol reported that the vehicle was stopped by deputies and that an occupant was pointing a gun at the driver.

Departments spokesman Steve Fries said deputies tried to talk to the occupant, but he allegedly refused to put his hands up.

Fries said the driver refused to comply with the deputies orders to drop his weapon and that deputies fired their weapons.

Fries also said the deputies used Tasers on the occupant.

In the statement released Saturday, the department said the deputy’s actions are consistent with the department’s policies, and the department is cooperating fully with the criminal investigation.

A spokesperson for the Idaho Department of Corrections told KTVB that the agency was aware of the investigation and was working with the sheriff and Idaho Attorney General’s office on the matter.

Fries told KBOI-TV in a phone interview on Sunday that the department would continue to investigate and will not comment further until the investigation is complete.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.