BOISE, Idaho — Two Idaho cops and a police dog were shot when they cornered a suspect wanted in a separate shooting and he opened fire.
The alleged gunman, Marco Romero, was killed as cops returned fire, police said.
Cops had been searching for Romero for three days in connection to a shooting in nearby Meridian that left two people hurt.
The hunt led cops to a neighborhood in Boise and as they closed in, Romero took flight, Boise Police Chief Bill Bones said.
“They began to do a yard-by-yard, house-by-house search looking for the suspect. Working together with a canine while doing that search, they did locate the suspect,” he said.
Bones said Romero opened fire, striking Cpl. Chris Davis and another officer, as well as Jardo, a Belgian malinois. Officers returned fire, and Romero was killed, cops said.
Police said Romero, 33, was recently paroled and was believed to be behind the shooting of a man and a woman he knew, leaving the woman paralyzed. Romero is then believed to have carjacked an 89-year-old woman in a nearby retirement home.
Davis has since been released from the hospital while the second cop continued to be treated. Jardo, the dog, underwent surgery and was released two days later.