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Man who shot at police gets jail term

Channean L. Deveau
Channean L. Deveau

HEISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE:  9-18-2020  Channean Lee Deveau entered into a plea agreement in April, in which he was allowed to plead not guilty to five felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in exchange for one guilty plea.

He was ordered Wednesday (September 16) by Judge Bruce Pickett to serve a minimum 2-year prison term on a 5-year sentence.  He will receive credit for time he has already served in jail and pay $1,245 in fees.  

Channean L. Deveau, 26, of Idaho Falls is charged with five counts of felony aggravated assault after he fired a gun at people from his vehicle just east of the Stinking Springs parking lot Sunday.

The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office was called to the area at 2:40 p.m., where five witnesses said they cam across Deveau stuck on the roadside in his vehicle. They said they attempted to help Deveau, but backed away when he fired several shots toward them.

Officers cordoned off the area and began to communicate with Deveau, who gave several indications he might want to kill himself.

Shortly after 5 p.m., Deveau stepped out of his vehicle and fired in the direction of officers, which resulted in return fire by police. Deputies used "less-lethal" rounds and a Taser to incapacitate him and take him into custody. There were no injuries to anyone.

Because of the fact that shots were fired, the Eastern Idaho Critical Incident Task Force was activated to conduct an investigation. The Bingham County Sheriff's Office will lead that investigation.

Those responding to the incident included Deputies from Bonneville and Jefferson Counties, Idaho State Police, BLM and Forest Service Law Enforcement, and fire department personnel from Idaho Falls and Jefferson Central.

As investigation continues, additional charges are possible.

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  1. ‘Deputies used “less-lethal” rounds and a Taser to incapacitate him and take him into custody. There were no injuries to anyone.’
    Which shows excellent restraint by the officers involved.
    Hate to say it, Samaritans, but it’s probably best just to drive by, and notify the appropriate authorities. Been a couple of times over the last couple of months when ‘helpers’ were damned lucky they–or their children–weren’t harmed by the subject OF their help. 😉
    I’m sure Deveau’s mouthpiece will have a PLETHORA of reasons WHY he did WHAT he did, but when somebody/thing makes you dead, well….all the king’s lawyers and all the king’s men….still leves you dead.

  2. However, there are those like me who always carry and if someone shoots at me, I have the legal right to shoot back. And since I have over 30 years of intensive weapons training (thank you Uncle Sam) and continue to practice, and will not hesitate and it will be two to the chest, then a third to the upper chest region. Not to kill, but to stop the threat.
    But honestly, being the nasty old man I am, I very seldom would help any young person cause I don’t care about them. All the ones I have met are snowflakes.

  3. How come this guy was even out and about, and had a weapon? Agree with the adivse to call the proper authorities when help is needed. Be good Samaritans, not dead ones!😀

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