Posted: Jun 20, 2013 2:08 PM by MTN News
ST. REGIS - A man was shot and killed by a Montana Highway Patrol trooper on Wednesday evening after authorities say he refused commands to drop a rifle.
The Mineral County Sheriff's Office received a call from a resident on Monte Circle in St. Regis at around 6 p.m., reporting a family disturbance. Deputies say that when they arrived at the home, they heard a gunshot and immediately asked for backup.
Additional deputies and the Montana Highway Patrol responded to the scene. After a two-hour search, law enforcement found the still-armed suspect about a block away from the home, according to authorities.
During the armed encounter with the officers, the suspect would not follow commands to drop the rifle, according to a news release from the Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
The initial investigation indicates that the suspect raised the weapon towards officers, at which point he was shot and killed by a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper, according to state officials.
The Mineral County Sheriff's Office has asked the DCI to investigate the officer-involved shooting. The Montana Highway Patrol Trooper is on administrative leave during the investigation.