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Man dies after confrontation with Billings Police

(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.


Man shot dead stealing Billings Police car after standoff

The shooting happened in this neighborhood on Miles Ave- KTVQ photo(BILLINGS)- In a bizarre and tragic end to an armed standoff Sunday, a man was shot and killed as he tried to escape by stealing a police car. 

KTVQ reports the incident started around 9:30 Sunday morning when a man and woman barricaded themselves inside a house on Miles Avenue. There was no initial word on what started the standoff but people in adjacent homes were told to leave for their safety.

Around 1 p.m. it appeared the incident had ended peacefully, as officers were leading the couple away in handcuffs. But that's when the unexpected happened.

Witnesses told the Billings Gazette somehow the man managed to get into the front seat of one of the patrol cars and tried to flee. The cruiser hit a tree and then drove straight at one of the officers, who opened fire on the car as it went by. They told the Gazette they heard "10 to 12 shots" which shattered the car's windows. 

Crews administered aid to the suspect after the car stopped, but police confirmed later the man had died from his injuries. A police officer was also injured.

More details were expected to be released after a Billings PD press conference. 


Man shot and killed by police in downtown Billings 

The shooting started at this gas station around 3 a.m.- KTVQ photo(BILLINGS)- A man is dead after a brief shootout with police in downtown Billings early this morning. 

KTVQ reports the shooting happened around 3 a.m. at the Holiday Gas Station. Police say they were called to the scene because the man had outstanding warrants. But when they tried to arrest the suspect, officers say he pulled out a gun and started shooting at them.

The shooting continued as the man ran across the street where the suspect was shot and killed in the parking lot of a Burger King drive-in. None of the offiers were hurt.

The shooting is under investigation.