A man threatened hikers and their pets in the foothills today.

Boise Police received several calls about a man threatening joggers in the area. When officers began to engage the suspect, he fired his weapon. Police fired back, and once they secured the area and shut down roads for public safety, they approached the suspect and found him dead.

None of the officers were hurt during the exchange of fire. However, before the suspect's death, he shot and killed a family dog.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved and to the family who lost their precious pet.

We will keep you updated as we learn more about the situation.

This is the second instance of violence this week in the foothills. Be safe and aware of your surroundings out there!