Posted: Jul 15, 2013 4:18 PM by Victoria Fregoso - MTN News
BILLINGS - The suspect involved in a weekend officer-involved shooting in Billings may have shot himself, according to an initial investigation by the Billings Police Department.
Officers responded to reports of a man displaying a firearm at the Stampede Bar on North 28th Street late Friday night where he was escorted out of the bar without incident. Officer Marc Snider located the suspect a block down the street, walking near 3rd Avenue and North 29th Street and instructed 44-year-old Anthony Allen to stop and show his hands, according to Chief Rich St. John who spoke at a press conference today.
Snider said he saw Allen make a drawing motion towards his waistline and a gunshot was heard and at that point, the officer returned fire, shooting off nine rounds at a distance of 25 yards, St. John said.
At the time, Snider believed he struck Allen in the leg, but an investigation is now showing that it is likely Allen shot himself in the leg when drawing the gun, according to St. John. None of Snider's nine bullets hit Allen and the bullet that injured Allen matches the ammunition Allen's .22 caliber revolver would use, the initial investigation indicates, he added.
Allen says he was aware Snider was giving him instruction and was pulling out his gun to place it down when he shot himself.
Snider is currently on administrative leave while the department goes through the required investigation.
Allen was taken to Billings Clinic that night and then taken to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.
Allen initially faced attempted deliberate homicide charges, but St. John believes that charge will be amended to assault on an officer.