Police: Suspect in Chubbuck shooting arrested

October 13, 2017 GMT

CHUBBUCK — Police said an Idaho Falls man who was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase in Bonneville County is also a suspect in a shooting in Chubbuck that left one person injured.

Chubbuck police officials confirmed that 24-year-old Tyler J. Baldwin has been identified as a suspect in the shooting that occurred at a single-story home in the 500 block of Briarwood Street Monday evening.

Baldwin was taken into custody early Thursday morning after a high-speed vehicle pursuit in Bonneville County.

The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office said authorities spotted Baldwin driving a vehicle on South Falcon Drive in Ammon around midnight. When they attempted to initiate a traffic stop, police said Baldwin fled at high speeds through residential neighborhoods.

The chase ended after Baldwin’s vehicle collided with an embankment near the Walmart in Ammon.

When he was being taken into custody, police said Baldwin was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and other controlled substances.

Baldwin has been booked into the Bonneville County jail. He has been charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, felony counts of eluding and possession of a controlled substance. He also had two outstanding warrants.

Baldwin was also charged with felony possession of contraband in a correctional facility after officers said they found what they suspected to be cocaine while he was being booked into jail.

Though Baldwin has not been charged in relation to the Chubbuck shooting, authorities said Thursday they are anticipating that criminal charges will be filed soon in Bannock County.

“There is still a lot work to be done on this case, it is still active and ongoing,” Chubbuck police said in a written statement. “Since this shooting occurred, members of the Chubbuck Police Department have been working around the clock in an effort to identify the suspect, and get him into custody.”

The shooting occurred at approximately 5:45 p.m. Monday when a male suspect fired approximately six rounds at a home on Briarwood Street. A woman, whose identity has not been released, was wounded by the gunfire.

The victim was transported via Pocatello Fire Department ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, where she was treated and released, police said.

Chubbuck police said witnesses at the scene reported that the shooter fled the scene in a newer white hatchback car with three other individuals. However, police on Thursday did not comment on these three people.

After Baldwin was taken into custody on Thursday, Bonneville County sheriff’s detectives, detectives from the Chubbuck Police Department and SWAT team members served a search warrant at a residence on Greenfield Drive in Ammon. Police said it was believed that Baldwin had former associations at the home.

According to authorities, the warrant was served in conjunction with the Chubbuck Police Department’s investigation into the shooting on Briarwood Street.

Police said none of the occupants in the Greenfield Drive residence were arrested or taken into custody, though one woman who has not been identified was temporarily detained while authorities collected evidence.

Sgt. Bryan Lovell of the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office could not confirm if a firearm was located during the execution of the search warrant.

Lovell said the vehicle involved in the chase on Thursday was not the white hatchback spotted at the shooting scene on Monday. However, he did say Chubbuck police did locate and complete its investigation into the white hatchback vehicle, but did not elaborate further.

When suspects commit crimes throughout Southeast Idaho, Lovell said they sometimes flee to surrounding cities, counties and states. He added that working with neighboring police agencies is a necessary dynamic to fighting crime in the region.

“It’s good that we have a good working relationship with other law enforcement partners up and down eastern Idaho, and even around the state, because we’re able to be efficient and get a lot accomplished,” Lovell said. “That should be a deterrent for criminals to come here and they can’t run up and down the valley and commit crimes because we all work together in this part of the state.”