JEROME • A Jerome County Sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man Thursday who was wanted in a kidnapping case.
The man was identified as Daniel Young, 26, of Gooding. He died at the scene, said Lori Stewart, spokeswoman for the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting occurred about 11:30 a.m. near 100 E. 400 S., Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall said.
In a media release Friday, McFall said the incident began when a deputy contacted three men, one of them Young, walking south on South 100 East. Two other deputies arrived on scene a short time later.
Young was armed with a handgun, McFall said.
Officials have not said if Young threatened the deputies or released any other information about the events leading up to the shooting.
The intersection where the shooting occurred was surrounded by police tape Thursday and blocked off to traffic for several hours while police photographed the scene.
The Magic Valley Critical Incident Task Force, Idaho State Police, the Twin Falls Sheriff’s Office, Twin Falls police and Magic Valley Paramedics also responded. Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office will lead the investigation into the shooting.
Deputies had called Young a suspect in the kidnapping and stabbing of a man who apparently was dropped off Oct. 26 in the desert in Lincoln County, the Jerome County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The stabbed man was found walking out of the desert about four miles east of Shoshone, McFall said. The kidnapping victim, whom officials declined to name, was treated at North Canyon Medical Center for his non-life-threatening injuries.
Deputies had said Young was considered armed and dangerous, but Lt. Dan Kennedy said he didn’t expect Young to commit random violence, as the stabbing apparently was targeted. He declined to discuss a motive but confirmed that Young had been shot in the head in Jerome last December.
Young was dropped off at St. Luke’s Jerome with a gunshot wound to his head Dec. 11.
Police said Daniel Ritter, 22, of Gooding, dropped Young there and fled. Police later found Ritter at a nearby convenience store. He was not charged.
Two people have been arrested in the October kidnapping case. Steven J. Flora, 34, was charged with a parole violation. Charges are pending against Brenna C. Pierce, 31.
Deputies also are looking for Leana R. Hocklander, also known as Shorty, 28, who might be in the Twin Falls area, Kennedy said.