BILLINGS - Officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Canary Ave. in Lockwood early Sunday morning to check the welfare of a possible suicidal person, according to a news release from the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office.
When deputies arrived, they attempted to contact anyone inside the house. One of the officers heard "heavy" footsteps rapidly approaching the door and then the door swung open.
When the deputy shined his flashlight and looked inside the residence, he was confronted by a person with a handgun. An unknown number of shots were fired and the male subject was struck by a bullet. He was transported to a local hospital, the press release stated.
He is expected to survive, according to doctors at the hospital, but his identity has not yet been released.
Detectives applied for a search warrant of the residence.
According to the news release, the names of the deputies involved are Deputy Tyler Sennett, who has been with the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office for about one and a half years, and Deputy Brendan Trujillo, who joined the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office in Sept. 2017. Trujillo has about 6 years prior experience with another law enforcement agency.
Neither deputy was injured but they have both been placed on paid administrative leave pending a review of the incident.