On Sunday in Meridian, Idaho, the peaceful neighborhood of North Cougar Way was shattered by the devastating news of a double homicide. Sarah Walmsley, 41, of Boise, and Emily Works, 33, of Meridian, lost their lives in what authorities are calling a senseless act of violence.
The Meridian Police Department and Ada County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a residence in the 2000 block of North Cougar Way at 7:10 p.m. The call, made by a friend of one of the victims, reported a domestic disturbance, raising concerns of a possible shooting. Upon arrival, law enforcement discovered the lifeless bodies of the two women in separate locations within the home.
Meridian Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea identified the victims during a press conference on Monday morning. Both Sarah Walmsley and Emily Works had sustained gunshot wounds, though the exact cause of their deaths is pending confirmation from the Ada County Coroner’s Office.
The Hunt for the Suspect
Officers swiftly identified 31-year-old Clint Powers, a resident of Meridian, as the prime suspect. Powers, reportedly in a relationship with one of the victims, had fled the scene before law enforcement could apprehend him.
The situation took more turn when Powers, half a mile away on Zircon Avenue, threatened two individuals at gunpoint, demanding their vehicle keys. He then escaped in the stolen vehicle, prompting a carjacking report to authorities. Ada County deputies attempted to intercept Powers near West Ustick Road and North Venable Lane, leading to a foot chase.
During this, Powers fired multiple rounds at a deputy, fortunately leaving the officer unharmed. A perimeter was established, and Powers was located in the 7000 block of West Indian Rocks Street. Tragically, before authorities could make an arrest, Powers took his own life using a handgun.
The incident left an 11-year-old child, present at the time of the shooting, without a mother. However, the child managed to escape and seek refuge at another residence, avoiding physical harm. Chief Basterrechea expressed condolences to the victims’ families during the press conference, acknowledging the profound impact of this senseless act.
In a statement, Basterrechea urged those experiencing abusive relationships to seek help, providing contact information for organizations such as the Women’s and Children’s Alliance and Faces of Hope.
Community Response and a Grieving Son
Co-workers of Sarah Walmsley have established a GoFundMe to support her son. Describing her as “the most caring and kind person,” the page aims to help cover any necessary costs. A celebration of life for Walmsley is scheduled for December 17 at Kahootz Steak and Alehouse in Meridian.
This incident serves as a somber reminder of the urgency to address domestic violence issues within communities. As Meridian grapples with shocking event, the hope is that it sparks conversations and actions aimed at preventing such tragedies in the future.
A1: The victims were identified as Sarah Walmsley, 41, of Boise, and Emily Works, 33, of Meridian.
A2: The suspect was identified as Clint Powers, 31, of Meridian, who died by suicide before being arrested.
A3: Yes, co-workers have set up a GoFundMe to help cover necessary costs for Sarah Walmsley’s son.