Coroner: Boise man, 28, died of gunshot wound to the head

Coroner: Boise man, 28, died of gunshot wound to the head
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The Ada County Coroner's Office has identified the man shot dead in an apparent road rage incident Monday evening.

The coroner says 28-year-old Mathew Mohler-Kerns, 28, died of a gunshot wound to the head just before 10 p.m. Monday. His death was listed as homicide.

The incident began when the Ada County Sheriff's office says two vehicles crashed near the intersection of Vista and Canal Street at about 8 p.m. One of the drivers, identified by Boise Police as 35-year-old Shawn Fisher of Boise, took off after firing a gun into the other vehicle. No one was injured.

Fisher was then seen driving at a high rate of speed south on Vista toward I-84. The victim continued driving also toward the freeway, west to the Franklin Road exit, where he exited, drove to his work on Franklin Road and later called 911 about the crash on Vista and Canal.

Dispatchers received a call from a homeowner in the 5100 block of Umatilla who reported a man outside their home was yelling and threatening to hurt them.

Ada County Sheriff's deputies responded and found a white Geo Prism parked nearby.

Officers say the vehicle was likely the same one involved in the hit-and-run at Vista and Canal. Fisher was no longer at the home but left on foot.

Later, dispatchers began receiving numerous calls from homeowners to the west reporting a man going door-to-door, attempting to get inside homes and vehicles.

Police say they later found Fisher behind a daycare on the 5000 block of South Cole. The suspect was armed with a gun and refused officer orders. He was later tazed and bit by a K9.

Boise PD said officers found Mohler-Kerns inside the vehicle near the entrance to the shopping center on Franklin Road and took him to the hospital where he later died.

Officers say they found evidence of a single gunshot. The entire scenario was described by police as "confusing."

Although BPD says there's evidence that connects the Vista and Canal Crash, the incident on Franklin and the suspect, Fisher has only been charged with two counts of felony aggravated battery and kicking the K9.

Police say they need the public's help. They say there may be a discarded cellphone and ammo that may have been tossed. Also, homeowners in the affected areas that have video surveillance are also encouraged to contact police.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or the shooting is asked to call 343-COPS.