The Boise Police Department on Tuesday identified Kip Paporello, a 23-year law enforcement veteran, as the officer responsible for fatally shooting a man who was wanted by authorities on a parole violation charge.
It was Paporello’s second shooting in less than three months.
According to a BPD news release, law enforcement had been searching for 32-year-old Eli Nash, a registered sex offender, since Nov. 13. The Idaho Department of Corrections listed Nash as a wanted fugitive in December, and police located him Monday night in a car outside a restaurant in the Meridian Crossroads shopping center.
Police said Paporello was “forced to discharge his weapon” while authorities attempted to take Nash into custody. Interim Boise Police Chief Ron Winegar said Monday night that Nash was carrying what appeared to be a handgun, and a news release Tuesday said investigators “recovered a firearm at the scene.”
In 2018, Nash pleaded guilty to two felony counts of possession of child sexual abuse material and served three years in prison before being paroled. Authorities say he violated that probation, which ultimately led to the events of Monday night.
In November, Paporello was identified as the Boise officer who shot and wounded aggravated battery suspect Jeremy Vast, who police said threatened the officers with a knife.
Police were looking for Usto, 30, after he allegedly stabbed his father multiple times in the neck. His father survived, and police obtained a warrant for Wast’s arrest. On Nov. 21, Boise officers found him in southeast Boise, and the Garden City man charged at an officer, prompting Paporello to fire his weapon, police said.
Staff provided life-saving treatment until paramedics arrived and Vosta was taken to hospital. He was later booked into the Ada County Jail and now faces four felony charges in the assault on his father and the incident with police.
Paporello has been placed on administrative leave since the shooting in November. Such a move is standard policy after a shooting.
An Ada County Serious Incident Response Team investigation into the incident is being led by the Garden City Police Department, and BPD is also conducting an internal investigation.
It was Boise’s second police-involved shooting in 2023. In 2022, there were seven shootings in the Treasure Valley Police Department, involving three Boise Police Departments.
This story was originally published January 24, 2023 18:48.