Top IFPD News Stories for 2011

Five incidents will likely be remembered as the “top” IFPD news stories for 2011.

1.       March 22: The Idaho Falls Police Department began investigating the homicide of Anthony K. Camp who was shot and killed while fleeing from another vehicle pursuing him and his passenger. Four days later Geoffrey S. Elawadly was taken into custody for second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault after a police stand-off at a residence in the 800 block of Dalmation Drive.

2.       June 17: A ballistic vest saved the life of Idaho Falls Officer Malin Reynolds after he was shot in the chest by 50-year-old Douglas J. Walters. Officers were attempting to apprehend Walters at his home after he fled from Idaho State Police during a traffic stop. Walters died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound during the incident.

3.       July 28: Idaho Falls Police and the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office arrested three juvenile males in connection to the Gun Shop burglary and two armed robberies at the Common Cents and Los Adalbertos on East 17th Street that occurred in July. The suspects were located in Nevada.

4.       Oct. 14: Scott Daniel Parker is arrested on two counts of aggravated battery, felony eluding, and three counts of a felon in possession of a firearm after he fired shots at officers with an assault rifle. Officers came into contact with Parker after responding for a welfare check.

5.       Nov. 26: Idaho Falls Police arrested two after a string of convenience store robberies that occurred in the city and county during the Thanksgiving holiday. The robbers were identified after local businessman Kris Johnson recognized one from a previous encounter.

What makes news and what’s important isn’t necessarily the same thing - more on that later.