Joseph Johnson Killed by Idaho Falls Police Department

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Category: Police - City
Old Crime Scene Address:
Tendoy Dr. and Syringa Dr.
Mapping Police Violence:

Around 12 a.m., a Bonneville County sheriff's deputy pulled over a car for a broken taillight. When the car stopped, Tanner J. N. Shoesmith, 22, jumped out and ran. As more officers joined in the search, they were able to identify Shoesmith and note that his record showed three open arrest warrants and a history of violent interactions with police. Officers spoke to a resident in the area who reported seeing someone run through the person's yard -- possibly armed. Meanwhile, a passenger in the car, received text messages from Shoesmith that included his GPS location. The person shared the location information with officers. Officers heard yelling as they neared the backyard, where they saw a man in a black shirt with a gun. Officers reportedly told the man to drop the weapon and fearing for their lives, shot and killed the homeowner. Officers found Shoesmith hiding in a shed in the backyard of a nearby home.

Agency: Idaho Falls Police Department

Motive: Traffic violation

Confrontation Type: Traffic Stop

Service Call: No

Body Camera: yes

Official Disposition: Pending investigation

Victim Name: Joseph Johnson

Death Date: February 8, 2021

County: Bonneville

Geography: Suburban

Gender: Male

Age: 37

Race: White

Cause of Death: Gunshot

Criminal Charges: No known charges

Mental Illness: No

Armed: Allegedly Armed

Weapon: gun

Threat Level: other

Fleeing: foot

Washington Post Database ID: 6598

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