SHOSHONE COUNTY, IDAHO – A Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an Idaho Department of Fish and Game investigation.
Louie Ochoa, who has been employed with the county since March 2009, was charged with taking or possessing migratory bird(s) on April 12 and failure to validate or attach tags to a carcass April 19. He was placed on leave April 20.
“Our office does not condone anything illegal in nature,” said Sheriff Mitch Alexander. The sheriff’s office is working with the county prosecuting attorney and other attorneys to determine what action will be taken against Ochoa pending the outcome of the investigation.
Ochoa is also being investigated by the police academy, who will then take their own action against him.