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Alleged Cop Shooter in Idaho Said to be White Supremacist

By Bill Morlin on November 8, 2012 - 12:20 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Racist Skinheads

An Idaho sheriff’s deputy is alive today after his bulletproof vest was struck by bullets allegedly fired at close range by a 27-year-old fugitive who reportedly is a white supremacist with ties to the neo-Nazi Hammerskins.

That deputy and another officer, whose names were not released, were shot on Oct. 23 in Canyon County in southern Idaho after attempting to arrest suspect Kyle Alan Batt of Caldwell, Idaho. Batt remains hospitalized in serious condition in a Boise hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head that ended a five-hour SWAT team standoff.

Investigators have been unable to interview Batt because of his condition, according to Nampa Police Sgt. Tim Randall, a spokesman for a multi-agency “critical incident task force” investigating the incident. Randall said he couldn’t disclose if the suspect was on life support or comatose.

After speaking with investigators, Randall also said he couldn’t comment on a report by the Anti-Defamation League that Batt “is a white supremacist with a large ‘white power’ tattoo stretched across his breastbone.” Randall said he had no idea when additional information about the shooting, including the deputies’ names, would be publicly released.

Batt “has connections with other white supremacists in the Nampa-Boise area, including members of the Hammerskins racist skinhead group,” the ADL reported this week on its blog without identifying the source of that information.

The Hammerskins are said to have an increased presence in southern Idaho, where they held their 2012 “Hammerfest,” the group’s annual white power music concert, in the Nampa-Boise area on Oct. 6, just 17 days before the deputies were shot.

Batt apparently attempted to take his own life after allegedly shooting and wounding two Canyon County sheriff’s deputies who had gone to his father’s residence in an attempt to arrest him for an assault earlier in the day involving his ex-girlfriend’s father.

As the two deputies approached the suspect’s father’s house, Batt ran out a side door, firing a handgun. One deputy was wounded and fell to the ground, only to be struck in the chest by other bullets fired by Batt as he ran by, Randall said.

“From what I know of it, yes, he was shot to the front of his vest as he lay on the ground,” Randall said when asked if the deputy was wearing protective gear.

The second deputy also was wounded, but returned fire, apparently striking Batt in the leg as he fled. Both deputies have been released from the hospital, but have not returned to work.

Batt was located about a quarter-mile away in the garage of a friend’s house, where a five-hour SWAT team standoff ended with the suspect shooting himself in the head with a handgun, Randall said. He didn’t know the caliber of the weapon or whether it was the same gun used to shoot the deputies.

Canyon County Chief Deputy Kieran Donahue told the Idaho Statesman that both deputies are lucky to be alive. “It’s God’s blessing,” said Donahue. “It could have been far worse.”

  • Gina

    Aadila, you’re wrong.

    The first words on their webpage are indeed “To stop the defamation of the Jewish people…” et cetera.

  • aadila

    Actually, NOWslave, it says:

    “ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.”

  • Aron


    You missed the key difference: the Jewish people are a legitimate group with a long history of defamation against them. The European people do not exist.

    And if you honestly believe the ADL is a supremacist organization, perhaps it’s time to take a break from ‘Dr’ Duke.

  • NWOslave

    Lol. The SPLC quotes the ADL.

    The first words on the home page of the ADL manifesto. “To stop the defamation of the Jewish People.”

    First words of the hammerskins manifesto. “To stop the defamation of European people.”

    Quoting a supremacist organization to discredit a supremacist organization. It doesn’t get any better than that.

  • Ithink

    I wait in utter anticipation for Faux Schnooze and the plethora of troglodytes populating the fringe right blogosphere and punditry to decree this another liberal plant/set up in their Conservative Apocalypse Wanderland, if they ever mention it.

    I hesitate to say that incidents like these are fine things every once in a while since at least it gives progressives and other commited leftists empirical evidence of the manifest racism, both violent and otherwise, still so ever present in American society. For all the tongue-twisting and minority bashing over their disproportionate criminal stats, you’d think police would be equally sick of the aryan kook thugs that look like them senselessly making fodder of traditional law & order.

    Once again, for the record, an (intelligent and highly acomplished) black man as leader of the free world does not a post-racial America make; there are still substantial portions of the population that not only want to work at completely discrediting him, but also to see that Certain People never get that far ahead in the game of life and occupy ‘their White(s) Only House’…

  • Sam Molloy

    The Sheriff of White Maricopa County is depositing a lot of resentment in the bank, and I for one don’t wish to receive any of it. Reasonable Anglo people of all political bents should be united in passing comprehensive immigration reform, right after they kick the economic can down the road again.

  • Aron


    You’ve also got badlands! Oh those gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous badlands.

    Which also have sand in them. Ok. You win.

  • aadila

    Come on, Shadow Wolf. It’s not just sand. There’s hardscabble.

  • Shadow Wolf

    I have to wonder what world we live in, right here in Maricopa County, AZ. It seems that elsewhere throughout the U.S. Virulent white supremacists seemed to have bad bloods with the law enforcement: Sheriff Deputy/Troopers/Cops.
    But here, those same white extremists openly embrace the re-elected 80 year old Flaccid Fool who thinks he’s the “toughest Shurf in America”. The one who thinks he’s “enforcing the laws”. Some world we live in here in Sandland.

  • aadila

    Wow…this just in.

    Justice Department just indicted 34 Aryan Brotherhood gang members for various charges in Texas. Apparently some of those indicted are already serving time, but many others have been rounded up, including some of the top members.

    Hopefully we’ll get a follow up from SPLC, since this is a serious blow to the gang, maybe even totally dismantling it for the time being.

    For those who don’t know about this group, it’s a very violent white power gang with quasi-military structure and roots in the U.S. prison system.

  • aadila

    I’m thinking gun control might be an appropriate response.

  • adamhill

    Yet another WN using a gun in a domestic dispute. Seems like every week, there’s another story of some idiot with racist tattoos shooting at his family, shooting at the cops, shooting at himself. What is wrong with these people? It’s like they have no impulse control, or have unusually low IQs.

  • Sam Molloy

    God bless those Deputies. This perp must be extremely hard headed.