A Victor, Idaho, man died by suicide early Saturday morning after a high-speed chase through Teton Valley.
A couple of weeks earlier, on Feb. 20, 36-year-old Kevin Bosch sat inside of his truck in a residential parking lot just northeast of Victor, in the grip of a mental health crisis.
Bosch’s friends had called Teton County (Idaho) Sheriff deputies because Bosch had threatened to take his own life that evening. As Bosch sat in his truck, he sometimes pointed a gun at his head as deputies worked for two hours to get him to safety.
Bosch surrendered his weapon that evening, and deputies took him to the local hospital, where he was placed on an involuntary mental health hold. From there he was taken to a mental health facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, for further treatment, Teton County (Idaho) Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Mitch Golden said.
The next day, the sheriff’s office issued a warrant for Bosch’s arrest. Bosch was charged with one count of felony stalking in the first degree, stemming from a series of incidents in February in which he allegedly harassed someone while threatening to kill himself, according to Idaho court documents.
Golden said he did not know when Bosch was released from the Twin Falls facility but said deputies spotted Bosch driving in Victor on Friday, March 10. Deputies attempted to pull Bosch over, but he fled north along Highway 33 toward Driggs.
According to a news release issued Tuesday from the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, the pursuit reached speeds of 85 mph. SWAT teams from Fremont County, Bonneville County and the Idaho State Police responded along with personnel from the Ashton Police Department. The Ashton police deployed spike strips to bring Bosch’s vehicle to a stop about 8 miles south of Ashton that night.
Though sheriff’s deputies confiscated the firearm Bosch had with him on Feb. 20, he had another that evening. According to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Bosch fired one round, but where and at what time that happened is still under investigation.
Once Bosch was stopped just outside Ashton, deputies negotiated with him to surrender safely. According to the news release, negotiations lasted for several hours.
Officers said Bosch died from a self-inflicted gunshot at approximately 3:28 a.m. Saturday.
While Bosch’s death will be counted in Fremont County, Idaho, Bosch’s home county of Teton County, Idaho, has had one death by suicide since the beginning of this year. Last year the county of 12,000, just over Teton Pass from Jackson Hole, had seven who died by suicide, according to the Teton County (Idaho) Sheriff’s Office.
In 2019 the Idaho Suicide Prevention Plan was launched by three statewide agencies. According to the coalition, Idaho remains among the top 10 states for death by suicide per capita in the United States.
In 2018 the per capita rate hit 23 per 100,000 people in Idaho, where that rate has remained according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC reports that in Idaho, men aged 25-44 are most likely to die by suicide; firearms rank as the No. 1 cause of death. As of 2020, Wyoming logged 30 per 100,000 people who died by suicide, the highest in the nation. The U.S. rate per capita is 13.
Jeannette has worked as an editor and journalist in the Greater Yellowstone Region for more than 20 years. She finds excitement and joy in watching her children explore wild places with her husband, Brad, and their red heeler, Rosie.
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