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Man who threatened hikers, killed dog in Boise Foothills identified by coroner

The suspect has been identified as Benjamin C. Barnes. (KBOI Photo/mug via Ada County Sheriff's Office)

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — The Ada County Coroner has identified the man who died in an officer-involved shooting in the Boise Foothills over the weekend.

The coroner says 42-year-old Benjamin C. Barnes died from a gunshot wound to the chest. He suffered two gunshots in total, the coroner says: one fatal, one non-fatal.

On Saturday, police say Barnes was threatening to shoot hikers and dogs in the Hulls Gulch area. One dog was eventually shot and killed by Barnes; the dog's name was Moses.

When the six officers confronted the man, authorities say he shot at them, that's when they opened fire and killed the man.

Boise Police confirmed that one of the officers involved, Andrew Johnson, was also involved in another incident in 2004. Johnson shot and killed an armed teenager but, he was cleared of any wrong doing in that incident.

The coroner's office was originally unable to locate family members or a next of kin and asked the community's help to locate family. On Tuesday, however, the coroner's office posted on Twitter that they were able to track someone down.


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