(May 5, 2022)
At 2:30 this afternoon, Pocatello Police Chief Roger Schei held a press conference to release information related to this morning’s officer-involved shooting at 941 E. Bridger St in Pocatello. Officers were dispatched to the residence at 1:39 a.m. in response to a disturbance call.
Upon arrival at 1:41 a.m., they made contact with a suspect identified as Todd V. Brewer, who was in the yard of the residence. Brewer was holding a rifle in his hands. When given commands by the officers, Brewer raised the rifle toward them. Shots were fired by the officers, and Brewer ran down the alley. The officers moved to the alley to make contact with Brewer, and more shots were exchanged. One officer was shot several times and another was shot once. Brewer was also shot. Other officers on scene rendered first aid to the injured officers, and arrested Brewer.
The two injured officers and the suspect were all transported to Portneuf Medical Center. They are in stable condition at this time. The officers’ names have not been released.
Multiple agencies responded to the incident and are assisting in the investigation. Further details remain under investigation by the Regional Officer Involved Shooting team, and will be released as they become available.
District Attorney Steven Herzog also spoke at the press conference. He announced that the Bannock County District Attorney’s Office intends to charge Todd Brewer with two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with intent to commit a serious felony, with a deadly weapons enhancement added to each charge. If convicted, Brewer could have to serve his sentences consecutively, for a maximum possible sentence of 80 years in prison. The timing for filing the charges will depend on Brewer’s medical condition.
Chief Schei thanks his staff, the community, and city officials for their support and concern. He noted that this is the first officer-involved shooting in Pocatello since 2006, and it is a trying time for the entire department. For those wondering how they can help, he simply asked that they continue to show their love and support. Thoughts and prayers are appreciated.