Police defused a dangerous situation in Kuna after receiving reports around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday of an adult male who was armed with a gun and threatening to hurt himself.
According to Ada County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Andrea Dearden, deputies responded to the 900 block of East Folgado Street and confirmed a 33-year-old man was inside the home with a pistol threatening to kill himself.
Dearden said deputies spoke with the man, but, after leaving him with a cell phone, exited the home after the man refused to drop the weapon.
Once outside, deputies set up a perimeter around the home and asked neighbors to stay inside to reduce any threat to bystanders.
Members of the Ada County Crisis Negotiation Team arrived on the scene and called the man on the cellphone left behind by deputies.
During the conversation with a negotiator, man walked around the inside the house, into the backyard and into the garage—all while refusing to remove the pistol from his head.
Still armed and threatening to shoot himself, the man walked out into the front of the house. After more than two hours of negotiations, at 8:17 p.m., the man complied with the deputies’ commands, put the gun down and walked to the street where he was taken into custody without further incident.
The 33-year-old was transported to St. Luke’s in Meridian where he was evaluated. Based on his statements and actions, he was determined to pose an imminent danger to himself and others and was placed in protective custody in a medical facility.
All information will be routed to Ada County Prosecutor’s Office for review, Dearden said.