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Man killed in police shootout near McCammon was wanted for attempted murder

MCCAMMON, Idaho (KIFI) - UPDATE 10/14/21 5:53 p.m. The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Bannock County Coroner, has confirmed the identity of the deceased following the shooting on Highway 30 near McCammon.

Police identified the deceased as 41-year-old Buddy Byron McKenzie of Richland, Washington.

Buddy Byron McKenzie

Next of kin has been notified.

Members of the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office in Washington confirm McKenzie had an active arrest warrant for attempted first and second degree murder in Yakama County for killing his girlfriend.

This incident remains under investigation by the Southeastern Idaho Critical Incident Team.


UPDATE 10/13/21: Final Press release from Bannock County Sheriff's office:

The Southeastern Idaho Critical Incident Team is investigating after an incident involving shots fired near McCammon in Bannock County.

The incident began at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Bannock County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to assist in a pursuit that began in Caribou County.

Deputies were advised that the male driver of a small white pickup had fired multiple gunshots at law enforcement.

Law enforcement from several local agencies followed the suspect vehicle westbound on Highway 30 through Lava Hot Springs attempting to safely stop the pursuit with spikes, however the suspect continued driving. The suspect vehicle came to a stop at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Highway 30 near the McCammon exit off Interstate 15.

After a lethal threat from the suspect, law enforcement was forced to fire their weapons. The suspect was pronounced deceased on scene. Officers involved were not physically injured. In addition to Bannock County deputies, deputies from the Caribou County Sheriff’s Office, troopers with the Idaho State Police, and Soda Springs Police officers also responded to the incident.

At this time, both directions of Highway 30 are blocked at McCammon as the investigation continues. There is no ongoing threat to the community.

This situation continues to develop. More information will be released as the investigation allows.

Previous Story:

We are following reports of a large police presence off the McCammon exit of Interstate 15 southeast of Pocatello.

A viewer who lives near this disturbance says two bullets actually hit his house.

No one was injured at his house, but he says police are active and working the scene.

We have calls into police to learn more, and we have a photographer on the way and will update this as soon as we learn more.

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