No schedule for McVey decision from prosecutor

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify Sgt. Patrick McKenna’s status.

The Twin Falls County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday it does not have an estimate for when its review of the investigation into the police-involved shooting of Shane McVey will be completed.

The investigation conducted by the Eastern Idaho Regional Critical Incident Task Force was sent to Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs due to a conflict of interest in the Bonneville County Prosecutor’s Office. Loebs said he would not be releasing information on the case, and that public communication would be up to Bonneville County Prosecutor Daniel Clark.

“It’s just common sense,” Loebs said. “There’s no sense in releasing things before you’re done and having to correct it later.”

Loebs has had the case since Feb. 19.

The investigation began when an Idaho Falls Police Department officer shot and killed McVey on Jan. 23 after he reportedly drew a weapon. IFPD Chief Bryce Johnson refused to say what the weapon was, saying it was up to investigators to determine. Officials also refused to release how many shots were fired or how many times McVey was hit.

Sgt. Patrick McKenna returned to active duty Feb. 1. Officer Earl Laughter III is on paid administrative leave pending Loebs’ decision.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.