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Canyon County Sheriff identifies suspect in overnight shooting of two deputies

Canyon County Sheriff identifies suspect in overnight shooting of two deputies

By Eric Fink and Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED Oct 24, 2012

The Canyon County Sheriff has identified Kyle Alan Batt, 27 of Caldwell, as the suspect in the shooting of two deputies late Tuesday night in a Caldwell subdivision.

Canyon County Sheriff’s deputies were attempting to locate Batt around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night, in the 24000 block of Sheryl Lane.

According to the Canyon County Sheriff, Batt was wanted in connection to an earlier crime that had occurred in Caldwell. When deputies arrived at the location and attempted contact with Batt, he allegedly fired multiple shots at deputies, hitting two of them. It is believed that at least one deputy was able to return fire at the suspect, who fled the location on foot.

"A perimeter was established by assisting units and an area search including the use of a police canine was conducted," the Canyon County Sheriff said. "The suspect was located by SWAT personnel at approximately 2:45 a.m., hiding in a nearby garage. When confronted by SWAT members, the suspect shot himself. He was transported to an area hospital, and his condition is unknown at this time."

Both deputies are six-year veterans of the Sheriff’s Office. One of the deputies was treated and released with minor injuries the other is in serious condition.

Narea Odiaga lives just feet away from the house where Bratt allegedly opened fire on the officers.

"Two cops had their rifles and guns, they came and told us to grab our kids and to get to the left side of the house and to lock all our doors," Odiaga said.

The Canyon County Sheriff's office is thankful its deputies will recover. "Really  no one has slept through the night," Canyon County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Kieran Donahue said. "Everyone of the guys and ladies who work for us are extremely concerned for the officers involved because everyone knows each other."

Police and prosecutors say charges against Batt are pending.