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Boise man sentenced to prison for threatening police officer with a knife


Date: Jan. 11, 2024
Contact: Emily Lowe
Public Information Officer
RE: State v. Harry Andrews – Sentencing


BOISE – Harry Andrews, 49, was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison after threatening law enforcement with a knife, which resulted in an officer-involved shooting.

On Jan. 3, 2023, police responded to reports of a man walking in the lanes of travel on westbound I-184. Boise Police officers encountered Mr. Andrews, the subject who was walking on the freeway. The defendant failed to follow officer commands, and had a knife in his hand when he ran toward an officer with the knife. The defendant was shot by a responding officer and injured. While officers were taking the defendant into custody and rendering aid, the defendant said, “I wanted to kill you.”

On Wednesday, Honorable Ada County District Judge Peter Barton sentenced Mr. Andrews to 25 years in prison, with 20 years fixed before being eligible for parole. In October 2023, the defendant pled guilty to aggravated assault upon certain personnel with a deadly weapon enhancement.

Mr. Andrews’ criminal history consists of felony crimes upon other persons, including a conviction for aggravated assault with intent to commit murder, and battery on correctional officers while serving prison time.

“The Boise Police Sergeant acted with courage in the face of danger,” said Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennetts. “I’m pleased to see justice served in this case.”