Idaho Sheriff's Deputy, 27, Killed in Traffic Stop Shooting by 65-Year-Old Man

Tragic shooting of Idaho sheriff's deputy highlights dangers faced by law enforcement. Suspected shooter killed in shootout with police. Calls for increased support and protection for officers.

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Idaho Sheriff's Deputy, 27, Killed in Traffic Stop Shooting by 65-Year-Old Man

Idaho Sheriff's Deputy, 27, Killed in Traffic Stop Shooting by 65-Year-Old Man

A 27-year-old Idaho sheriff's deputy, Tobin Bolter, was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Cassia County on Saturday night. The suspected shooter, 65-year-old Dennis Mulqueen of Boise, was later found outside a home and engaged in a shootout with police before being killed in the exchange of gunfire.

According to the Ada County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Bolter stopped a vehicle near Overland Road and South Raymond Street shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday. As Bolter approached the driver's side window, he was shot by Mulqueen before reaching the vehicle. Mulqueen, who had a misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest, then fled the scene.

A nearby citizen witnessed the shooting and called 911, performing CPR on Deputy Bolter until medics arrived. Despite their efforts, Bolter succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Sunday, becoming the first in-the-line-of-duty death in the Ada County Sheriff's Office's history.

Law enforcement launched a manhunt to find the shooter and located Mulqueen outside a home on South Jackson Street shortly after midnight. Mulqueen fired at officers, and a Boise police officer returned fire, striking and killing the suspect.

Why this matters: Deputy Bolter's tragic death serves as a sobering reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers face daily while serving their communities. With 48 officers killed in the line of duty in the U.S. so far in 2024, including 15 by gunfire, this incident highlights the need for increased support and protection for those who put their lives on the line to keep citizens safe.

Another deputy, Dallas Denney, was badly injured in a car accident while responding to the shooting, suffering a broken pelvis, fractured spine, and facial injuries. Idaho Governor Brad Little ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff until after Deputy Bolter's memorial service, honoring the fallen officer who had worked in law enforcement for seven years, including stints at the Meridian Police Department and the Pleasant Hill Police Department in California.

Detectives are now asking for witnesses who might have seen Mulqueen or interacted with him on April 19 and 20 to come forward with any information that could aid in the ongoing <a href=""

Key Takeaways

  • 27-year-old Idaho deputy Tobin Bolter shot and killed during traffic stop
  • Suspect Dennis Mulqueen, 65, fled scene but was later found and killed by police
  • Bolter's death is the first in-the-line-of-duty for Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • Another deputy, Dallas Denney, badly injured responding to the shooting
  • Detectives seek witnesses who interacted with Mulqueen on April 19-20