Former Marine Shot by Police Charged with Felonies

Peter Charles See, 42, wore a yellow jail jumpsuit and used a wheelchair during his arraignment Tuesday.

He is charged with nine felonies in all: seven counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of aggravated assault, and one count of using a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime.

According to police, a male relative of See's woke on March 9 to See standing over him, pressing the barrel of a .44 Magnum against his forehead. See allegedly threatened to kill the man, then left the house -- starting a search that ended with See pointing the .44 at three Ada County sheriff's deputies and a Boise police officer.

The officers fired, hitting See eight times.

See has received physical and mental health treatment in a Veterans Administration hospital since the incident.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1994 to 1996 and the Idaho Army National Guard from 1996 to 1998, and was honorably discharged from both services.

He was released from the hospital Monday, the same day he was charged, Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Jeff White said.

See's bond remains at $500,000 following a Tuesday request from White, who cited the serious nature of the charges and See's past criminal history. Convicted in federal court of illegally bringing someone into the country in 2004, See then violated his probation for that charge in 2005, according to court records. In state court, he pleaded guilty to forgery in 2008, later completing mental health court and receiving a withheld judgment.

See's public defender requested a much lower bond of $20,000, noting See is a longtime Idaho resident and has family in the area. At one point during the hearing, See leaned toward his attorney, urging him to tell the judge that See had been cooperating with the investigation.

Ada County Sheriff's Office spokesman Patrick Orr said See was in a wheelchair as a security measure, not because of his injuries. It is standard practice for higher-level security inmates to be confined to a wheelchair, he said.

White said the Ada County Prosecutor's Office made certain the jail could handle See's ongoing medical needs before he was taken into custody. A VA spokesman declined to comment on the nature of his injuries, citing patient privacy laws.

See's next court date is a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 24.

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