Man who died in shootout with Boise police identified

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) A Boise-area man who died in a shootout with officers after allegedly threatening people at a popular hiking and biking trail has been identified.

The Ada County Coroner's Office said Monday that 42-year-old Benjamin Christian Barnes was hit twice by bullets and died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police said Barnes threatened trail users in the Hulls Gulch area Saturday morning, fatally shooting a dog before exchanging gunfire with Boise police officers. Barnes died at the scene. No officers were injured.

Garden City Police Chief Rick Allen says Barnes was a transient who had been banned from sleeping or camping on the Greenbelt or adjoining properties.

The identities of the officers involved in the incident have not been released.

Meridian police are leading the investigation.

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