Police arrest 'person of interest' in homicide investigation

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Posted on February 18, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 12:44 PM

BOISE -- Boise Police say they have arrested a man who is considered a person of interest in a homicide investigation.

A 28-year-old Boise man died of a single gunshot to the head shortly before 10 p.m. Monday, according to Ada County Coroner Erwin Sonnenberg.

Sonnenberg said 28-year-old Matthew Mohler-Kerns of Boise was pronounced dead at 9:56 p.m. He reportedly passed away at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

The manner of death is listed as homicide.

Police say the 28-year-old was found shot inside his car while it was parked in the westbound lanes of Franklin Road near Benjamin Lane around 8:30 p.m.

Around 11 p.m., officers arrested 35-year-old Shawn Fisher of Boise in connection with Mohler-Kerns' death near South Cole Road and West Amity Road, about four miles away.

Fisher is charged with aggravated battery and kicking a police dog. Police say the aggravated battery charge stems from a hit-and-run incident that occurred at 8:10 p.m. Monday at the intersection of W. Canal Street and Vista Avenue.

Witnesses told officers that the driver of a white sedan rear-ended a maroon sedan that was in the left-hand turn lane of westbound W. Canal Street. The driver of the white sedan then sped off toward Interstate 84.

At around 8:35 p.m., Ada County dispatchers got a call from a homeowner in the 5100 block of Umatilla Avenue who reported a man yelling and threatening to hurt them. Ada County sheriff's deputies responded and found a white Geo Prism parked nearby. They also found evidence that suggests this was the same car that was involved in the earlier hit-and-run.

The suspect was no longer at the home, but appeared to have fled on foot. Deputies set up a perimeter and were assisted by officers from the Kuna, Eagle, Meridian and Boise Police Departments.

At the same time, police dispatch received several calls about a man who was going door-to-door, trying to get inside houses and vehicles. A police K9 tracked Fisher down in the backyard of an unoccupied daycare in the 5000 block of S. Cole Road.

Officers say Fisher was armed with a gun and refused to comply with officers' commands. A Taser and the K9 were deployed to take Fisher into custody. He was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for treatment of a dog bite. He was booked into the Ada County Jail just at 6:21 a.m. Tuesday.

Police are still asking for the public's help in locating evidence that could be at any of three locations in Boise. That evidence includes a cell phone, discarded ammunition from a handgun, and private security video that may show the suspect or related activity.

The three locations are Canal and Vista, Franklin Road just east of Benjamin Lane, and the neighborhood of Cole and Amity roads.

Anyone who has anyone of these items or information that might be useful to investigators is urged to call Ada County dispatch at 377-6790.

Police are also interested in locating witnesses who saw reckless driving or possible road rage behavior Monday night involving a male driver of a white Chevy Prism, that started around 8:10 p.m. at the intersection of Canal and Vista, and possibly went westbound on I-84 from Vista Avenue to Franklin Road. Also, an incident in the westbound lanes of Franklin Road just east of Benjamin Lane around 8:25 p.m. Anyone with info should call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

REPORT : MAN 'INJURED' INSIDE CAR

Police spokesperson Lynn Hightower said a passerby called 911 shortly after 8:30 p.m. to report a man who appeared to be injured inside a car parked in the middle of Franklin Road near the Best Buy and Audi car dealership.

Hightower says when Ada County paramedics arrived, they recognized "suspicious circumstances," and called Boise police.

Rescuers then transported the man to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Franklin Road was blocked in both directions between Milwaukee Street and Benjamin Lane Monday night as police searched Mohler-Kerns' car, along with a separate, maroon car.

POLICE INVESTIGATE SEVERAL CARS

Hightower said officers were still working to connect both cars to the incident late into the night.

"Exactly what role these cars play, and how they work together into piecing all the puzzles together in this incident ... I can't connect them exactly right now," Hightower said.

Police are calling this situation "confusing," but say the public is not in any danger.

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