Home invasion, house fire in Meridian
MERIDIAN — Investigators are on the scene of a large house fire that erupted after officers exchanged gunfire with a suspected prowler late Wednesday night.
The Ada County Sheriff’s Office and Kuna Police were called out to a home in the 1500 block of West Amity Road at 10:30 p.m. after a woman inside the house called 911, telling dispatchers someone she did not know was pounding on the door and trying to get in.
Deputies arrived moments later and saw a man with a rifle coming out of the home. Deputies told the man multiple times to drop the gun, but he refused.
At that point, the a Kuna Police officer and an ACSO deputy shot at the man. He went back inside the house, and its unclear whether any of the rounds hit him.
The Ada County Sheriff’s Office says its unclear whether the man fired the rifle. Neither the officer nor the deputy was hurt.
Deputies remained in contact with the woman who called 911, who told them she was still inside the house with two other people, and none of them knew the gunman or had any idea why he broke in.
By 10:45 p.m., the house was on fire. Flames quickly spread to engulf the entire home.
Deputies broke out the windows and tried to direct the people inside out of the burning building. Two of the three residents escaped, but an elderly woman in the home did not make it out.
The other two residents were taken to a hospital for treatment. One has since been flown to the Salt Lake City Burn Center.
It’s unclear whether the gunman got out of the house, or perished in the fire. Deputies had set up a perimeter around the house, and did not see him get out.
Kuna Fire was called out to the scene, but were limited in what they could do since the man with the gun was still suspected to be inside the home.
The home is a total loss.
Deputies and officers are continuing to search the area for the gunman. Amity Road is blocked between Ten Mile and Meridian roads, and several streets around the Amity/Linder intersection are shut…