Boise Bench

Ombudsman: Officers followed policy after Bench shooting

Ombudsman: Officers followed policy after Bench shooting

Four Boise Police officers have been exonerated of any wrong doing in their participation into a shooting on the Boise Bench last summer.

Pierce Murphy, Boise Community ombudsman, said Wednesday that the officers fired 12 rounds at a heavily armed man near Vista and Canal who was pointing a gun at them after firing a rifle into an occupied apartment.

The officer's use of deadly force complied with department policy, Murphy said.

"These officers encountered an individual who was clearing using military style tactics to conceal and shield himself, Murphy said.

George Nickel Jr., plead guilty to discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling in December. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Police say a resident called 911 claiming an armed man with a gun was trying to get inside. Officials say Nickel fired one round at a lock of an apartment door trying to kick his way in. He then allegedly fired a shot at another apartment.

Authorities say they found Nickel in a stairwell armed with a handgun. When he wouldn't put his gun down, officers began firing.

Nickel, who was wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007, was apparently upset over a lost dog.

Nickel is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 1.