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Meridian officer who shot, killed suspect during confrontation cleared of wrongdoing

Meridian Police Chief briefs media on officer-involved shooting

Officers were looking for an individual with an outstanding felony warrant when they located the suspects, who fled on foot. Officers pursued on foot, and one suspect opened fire on police, said Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey.
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Officers were looking for an individual with an outstanding felony warrant when they located the suspects, who fled on foot. Officers pursued on foot, and one suspect opened fire on police, said Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey.

A Meridian police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing after an investigation by the Critical Investigation Task Force into the shooting death of a suspect during the summer.

Officer Kyle Mikowski shot and killed Daniel Norris, 33, on July 1, 2018, during an afternoon shootout with Meridian police. According to previous Statesman reporting, “officers ... were looking for a person with an outstanding felony warrant when they found Norris and two other people, police said. Norris fled on foot, and Mikowski pursued.”

Norris was hit by taser fire. When he fell to the ground, he began shooting at Mikowski, according to a report released by police Wednesday. Mikowski was hit in the legs and returned fire, eventually killing Norris.

According to the report, Mikowski fired eight rounds while Norris fired four. Mikowski was hit twice and was briefly hospitalized.

Authorities later discovered Norris was on the Idaho Department of Corrections Most Wanted List for a parole violation.

“I have concluded that the actions of the Meridian police officer who was attempting to apprehend Norris were justified in responding to Norris’ flight and his subsequent attack on the officer,” Twin Falls County Prosecuting attorney Grant Loebs stated in the report. “The Meridian police officer’s actions were necessary and legal both in self-defense and in defense of the community which would have been endangered had Norris continued to flee after shooting the officer.”

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