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Idaho’s first blue alert sent out Wednesday

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - You may have gotten a Blue Alert on your cell phone Wednesday in connection to a white supremacist Idaho prison inmate and an accomplice who fled after the accomplice shot and wounded corrections officers as they were transporting the inmate from a Boise hospital, according to police.

A Blue Alert is sent out when a suspect has not been caught for a crime involving the death or serious injury of law enforcement and may be a serious threat to the public or when a peace officer disappears while on duty and there is concern for their safety.

This was the first blue alert ever sent out in Idaho.

Oddly enough, it was sent out a day before the five-year anniversary of when Governor Brad Little signed the blue alert bill into law in 2019.

"We're fortunate that it's not that often. I mean, across the country, you know, we've seen a lot of reports and incidents of attacks on law enforcement, and we've seen them here in Idaho," Bonneville County Sheriff's Office PIO Sgt. Bryan lovell said.

The alerts coordinator for the Idaho State Police says blue alerts are only sent out in the most needed circumstances.

They want to remind the public to be on the lookout and report anything you think may be suspicious.

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