(BILLINGS)- For the second time this year a suspect has died after being shot by Billings Police.
The latest shooting happened early this morning as police were looking for a suspect from a chase near Custer Avenue.
KTVQ TV reports Officer Grant Morrison approached a suspicious car with three people inside, and a man believed to be the driver standing nearby. Captain R.D. Harper told reporters the man inside the car got out, and when he failed to follow Morrison's orders, the officer fired his Taser, but it didn't work against the man's heavy clothing.
Harper says Morrison saw the man appeared to be reaching for a black handgun and that's when he pulled his own gun and shot the man in the abdomen. The victim was taken to the hospital but died later this morning.
The Billings Gazette reports Harper told reporters it turned out the gun was actually a BB gun fashioned to look like a Walther P-99 pistol.
Morrison has been placed on paid leave while the shooting is investigated.
It was just last month that 29-year Daniel Brawley was fatally shot after he tried to steal a police car, running over an officer during the escape attempt.