Boise police identify officer who fired at mall gunman, provide new details of shooting

<p><p>BOISE — Police have identified the officer who fired at the suspect in Monday’s mall shooting as C. Dance, according to a Boise Police Department news release on Friday.</p></p><p><p>Dance joined the department in May, according to the release. He is on paid administrative leave, which is standard after a “critical incident.”</p></p><p><p>The suspect, Jacob Bergquist, died Tuesday in a hospital after killing two people at Boise Towne Square and injuring four others, including Dance.</p></p><p><p>Dance drove up to the scene on a motorcycle, according to BPD. He saw Bergquist firing in his direction, laid his motorcycle down and took cover behind it. Bergquist fired west toward North Milwaukee Street, where a victim was shot and injured.</p></p><p><p>Two other officers drove up to the scene in a patrol vehicle, according to BPD. They saw someone matching the description of the suspect “behind a business” in the 500 block of Milwaukee. Bergquist began firing at the vehicle. The officer continued driving and fired back at Bergquist before Bergquist ran behind a large trash bin and officers heard an additional shot fired.</p></p><p><p>All of the victims who survived their injuries have been released from the hospital, according to the release.</p></p><p><p>Police are still investigating Bergquist’s motives, specifically “looking into questions of whether he may have targeted anyone for any specific reason.”</p></p><p><p>Before the shooting began, security video showed Bergquist wearing a backpack and carrying a weapon inside the mall for about 40 minutes while he walked around and ate in the food court, the release said.</p></p><p><p>When a security officer contacted Bergquist, “they spoke, the suspect began to walk away, then turned back and shot the security officer,” according to the release. Jo Acker, a security guard at the mall, was one of the two people Bergquist killed.</p></p><p><p>Bergquist continued shooting as he walked away and fired “multiple times” at Roberto Padilla Arguelles, who was riding in an escalator. Padilla Arguelles was the second person killed.</p></p>