BLISS - A Colorado man who was apparently shot by his girlfriend, who was then shot by Gooding County deputies, has been arrested on six felony Ada County warrants.
Ronald Walter Rice, 40, is being held at the Ada County Jail, said Gooding County Sheriff Shaun Gough.
His girlfriend, Hollee R. Johnston, 39, is still hospitalized in stable condition, Gough said.
During a traffic stop about 2:30 a.m. Feb. 2, Johnston shot Rice, then pointed her firearm at Gooding County deputies, Gough said. A deputy then shot Johnston.
The deputy had been on administrative leave but returned to the job Feb. 19, Gough said.
The incident is being investigated by the Critical Incident Task Force, which consists of Magic Valley law enforcement agencies led by the Twin Falls Police Department. Once the report is complete, it will be forwarded to Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs.
Loebs said he has not received a final report but has received some investigation material.
"I won't look at it until there's a full report to put it in context," Loebs said Thursday.
Detectives on the Task Force are finalizing the report and expect to submit it by the end of next week, Twin Falls city spokesman Joshua Palmer said.
The Feb. 2 incident began when police pulled over a car in Mountain Home for no headlights but the driver fled east on Interstate 84, Gough said. Two Elmore County deputies chased the car to the Y Inn Motel in Bliss, where Gooding County deputies got involved.
Rice got out of the car with his hands in the air, following deputies' commands, Gough said. That’s when Johnston allegedly shot him.
Both were taken to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, where they had surgery.
Rice was released, then arrested on the Ada County charges including grand theft, two counts of burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, theft by receiving stolen property and a fugitive warrant, all felonies, and misdemeanor malicious injury to property and petit theft.
Johnston will be charged with aggravated assault and also might face drug charges but by Thursday had not been formally charged, Gough said.
Deputies haven’t determined a motive for the shooting, as they have not interviewed either person.