Billings officer kills man at Grand Avenue casino

Billings officer kills man at Grand Avenue casino


AND I’M JEANELLE
SLADE. A BILLINGS MAN IS DEAD
-AND A POLICE OFFICER
ON LEAVE TONIGHT –
AFTER A SECOND
OFFICER INVOLVED
SHOOTINGIN LESS THAN 24 HOURS.

WHAT STARTED AS AN
APPARENTDOMESTIC
ISSUE – QUICKLY TURNED
INTO A HOLDUP AT THE LUCKY LIL’S CASINO ON
GRAND – THEN
ESCALATED INTO A FATAL
ENCOUNTERBETWEEN
POLICE ANDTHE
SUSPECT.

OFFICERS SAY THE MAN
THREATENED PATRONS… AND THEN -DISOBEYED
POLICE ORDERS. Q2’S AJA GOARE HAS
THE LATEST.

NATS
THIS WAS THE SCENE
AROUND 2:45 TUESDAY
MORNING, NOT LONG AFTER POLICE SHOT AND
KILLED A MAN INSIDE. HOURS EARLIER… “FEMALE CALLER
REPORTED THAT HER
EXHUSBAND, A 44-YO
MALE, WAS AT HER
HOUSE CAUSING A
DISTURBANCE BY KNOCKING ON WINDOWS
AND DOORS AND
POSSIBLY WAVING A
HANDGUN IN THE AIR.”
THE WOMAN SAID — HER
EX-HUSBAND THREATENED TO ROB A
CASINO — THEN LEFT. “OFFICERS KNEW THE
SUSPECT FROM PAST
DEALINGS AND THAT
THERE WAS AN ACTIVE
TEMP. RESTRAINING
ORDER THAT NEEDED SERVED.”
STANDUP: POLICE
LOCATED THE MAN HERE
– OUTSIDE THE LUCKY
LIL’S CASINO – AND
ORDERED HIM TO SURRENDER… INSTEAD, HE WENT INSIDE. “ONCE INSIDE, THE
OFFICERS SAW THE
SUSPECT WAVING THE
GUN AND THREATENING
PEOPLE. PATRONS WERE
YELLING, SCREAMING, DUCKING FOR COVER
AND LOOKING TO
ESCAPE.”
OFFICERS ORDERED
THE MAN TO DROP THE
WEAPON. “THE SUSPECT FAILED
TO COMPLY AND YELLED
AT ONE POINT THAT HE
HAD HOSTAGES. THE
OFFICER -BELIEVING
LIVES WERE IN JEOPARDY – FIRED
MULTIPLE ROUNDS FROM
HIS PATROL RIFLE.”
THE SHOTS – FIRED BY
SERGEANT BRETT
BECKER — TOOK THE MAN DOWN. “THE SUSPECT — BEGAN
TO REACH FOR
SOMETHING ON THE
FLOOR. BELIEVING IT
WAS THE HANDGUN, THE
OFFICER FIRED AGAIN AND DOWNED THE
SUSPECT.”
THE MAN WAS TAKEN TO
THE HOSPITAL WHERE
HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD. NO ONE ELSE WAS
INJURED. IN BILLINGS – AJA GOARE
– MTN NEWS.

OFFICERS LEARNED
AFTER THE SHOOTING –
THE MAN’S WEAPON –
WAS ACTUALLY A PELLET GUN. IT’S UNCLEAR WHETHER
THE MAN WAS UNDER
THE INFLUENCE OF ANY

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