Marcos Cortez : “Idaho Falls Police Release Footage of Officer-Involved Shooting and Suicide”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Idaho Falls Police Department Provides New Details on Officer-Involved Shooting

Idaho Falls Police Department (IFPD) has released additional information regarding an officer-involved shooting that occurred on December 4th. The incident involved Marcos Cortez, a 34-year-old resident of eastern Idaho, who fatally shot himself after firing at multiple officers.

During a media conference held on Wednesday, IFPD showcased a 20-minute video compiled from body camera footage, police car footage, and nearby business security footage. The department edited the video to exclude graphic content, although it does depict Cortez’s suicide without close-ups of his body. An unedited version of the footage will be released later today, offering a more comprehensive view of the incident.

IFPD Officer Mitch Bierma and Sgt. Kevin Goms were the officers involved in the shooting. Both officers, who have extensive experience on the force, remain on paid administrative leave pending further investigation.

Bonneville County Prosecutor Randy Neal announced that his office found no evidence to charge the officers involved in the incident. Neal stated, “I find no evidence to suggest that either officer committed a criminal offense… and further find their actions were justified as an act of self-defense.”

The timeline of events, as provided by IFPD spokeswoman Jessica Clements, reveals that the shooting began with an Idaho State Police trooper initiating a traffic stop on a 2002 Honda sedan near the Candlewood Suites Hotel. Bierma and his K9 were called as backup. The passenger of the Honda fired shots at the trooper, then exited the vehicle and fired two more rounds at Bierma’s police car.

A pursuit ensued, during which Bierma fired three shots towards Cortez. The suspect was eventually located in a parking lot, where he held a gun to his own head. Despite officers’ repeated commands to drop the weapon, Cortez shot himself in the head. In the confusion, Goms, stationed on the northwest corner of the lot, fired his weapon, striking Cortez in the leg.

After Cortez’s self-inflicted gunshot, officers secured the scene, performed life-saving measures, and called for emergency responders. Unfortunately, Cortez was pronounced dead upon their arrival.

The Eastern Idaho Critical Incident Taskforce has taken charge of the investigation, which focuses on police use of force and other critical incidents. Idaho Falls Police Chief Bryce Johnson expressed his admiration for the bravery displayed by Bierma and his K9 partner Argo, highlighting their courage in responding to the shooting.

The release of the unedited footage later today will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the events leading up to the tragic outcome.

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