Posted: Jun 21, 2013 1:18 PM by MTN News
HELENA - Authorities have released the name of a man who was shot and killed Wednesday during a confrontation with law enforcement near St. Regis.
Howard Curtis Martin, 62, was the man who died after allegedly pointing a gun at officers, Sanders County Coroner Kathy Harris said.
Some additional details of the Division of Criminal Investigation at the Montana Department of Justice are also being released.
DOJ spokesperson Anastasia Burton says in a news release that after Martin, who was armed, left his home on Monte Circle, he called a family member while officers were searching for him, telling her that he had a law enforcement officer in the crosshairs of his scope and indicated he was on a ridge near his home.
Investigators add that during an armed encounter with officers, Martin would not follow orders to drop the rifle and instead raised the weapon toward officers, at which point he was shot and killed by Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Gane of Missoula.
Gane, who has seven years of law enforcement experience, two of them with the MHP, is on administrative leave pending the investigation.
Burton says that DCI agents are expected to wrap up processing the crime scene on Friday afternoon, but the investigation is expected to continue for another few weeks.
A coroner's inquest, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings in Montana, will be conducted, with the findings then being turned over to the Mineral County Attorney Office.