On Wednesday, March 8, a murder/suicide was attempted in Eagle, Idaho. The shooter killed a woman, who appears to be the target for his murder. The shooter was unsuccessful in his suicide attempt. The following is an update from Ryan Wilkie, Chief of Police in Eagle, which was posted the evening of March 8 on the Eagle Police Facebook page.
I just wanted to take a minute to update you on the traumatic events that occurred today at an Eagle business – an event that has us all shaken.
We are investigating what appears to be an attempt at a murder/suicide.
Initial information indicates a 38-year-old man walked into a business in the Eagle Road/Eagle River Street area just after 1 p.m. Wednesday and shot two people, killing one woman and injuring another.
It then appears he walked out of the building, got into a car in the parking lot, and shot himself in the head. He was listed in critical condition at a local hospital Wednesday afternoon.
The woman who was injured is being treated at a local hospital for what appear to be serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Our investigators have identified the man responsible for the shooting and the woman who died. Initial information indicates the man knew the woman and actively targeted her in the attack.
It is unclear if there was a connection between the shooter and the woman who was injured.
Detectives are actively working to figure out what led to the shooting but are not yet publicly identifying the man and woman at this point as they reach out to family members and continue to develop evidence and follow leads.
Please know that every Eagle Police officer and employee cares deeply and will continue to do whatever we can to make our town as safe as possible. We deeply appreciate your support.
— Chief Ryan Wilkie