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Idaho White Supremacist Wounds Two Deputies in Shootout

Kyle Alan Batt, a 27-year-old white suprema­cist from Cald­well, Idaho, remains hos­pi­tal­ized fol­low­ing a shootout on Octo­ber 23 in which Batt allegedly shot two Canyon County deputies search­ing for him in con­nec­tion with an aggra­vated assault inves­ti­ga­tion. The shoot­ings are the lat­est in a string of nearly 30 shootouts between police and domes­tic extrem­ists in the United States since 2009.

The inci­dent began ear­lier in the day when Batt allegedly appeared at the home of a woman with whom he had been hav­ing a rela­tion­ship. Batt report­edly car­ried a firearm and made threats at the woman. The woman called Cald­well police, but Batt had already left the scene when offi­cers arrived.

Later, five Canyon County sheriff’s deputies went to a res­i­dence in Cald­well look­ing for Batt.  Batt allegedly opened fire at the offi­cers as they approached the house, hit­ting two of them before flee­ing. One offi­cer was able to return fire and hit Batt before he fled. A few hours later, deputies found Batt hid­ing in a nearby garage, at which point he report­edly tried to take his own life by shoot­ing himself.

One of the two wounded deputies remains in seri­ous con­di­tion; the other was treated and released with only minor injuries. Batt was listed in crit­i­cal condition.

Batt has a long crim­i­nal his­tory, includ­ing sev­eral drug con­vic­tions. He is also a white suprema­cist with a large “white power” tat­too stretched across his breast­bone. He has con­nec­tions with other white suprema­cists in the Nampa-Boise area, includ­ing mem­bers of the Ham­mer­skins racist skin­head group. The Ham­mer­skins’ pres­ence in this area has sig­nif­i­cantly increased in recent years and the Ham­mer­skins held their 2012 “Ham­mer­fest,” the group’s annual large white power music con­cert, in the Nampa-Boise area on Octo­ber 6, less than a cou­ple of weeks before the shootout.

Among the 100+ atten­dees at the Boise Ham­mer­fest was Brent Rack­ley, the band­mate of Ham­mer­skin Wade Page, who killed six peo­ple and injured more dur­ing a shoot­ing ram­page at a Sikh tem­ple in Wis­con­sin in August 2012. It is not known if Batt attended Hammerfest.