BILLINGS - The man who was shot by Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputies in Lockwood early Sunday morning did not fire his gun at them.
According to Sheriff Mike Linder, both deputies involved fired their guns twice. The man was hit only once.
After reviewing dashcam video from the deputies car, Linder said the entire incident happened within a matter of seconds. He said the video showed the door to the residence, on the 1900 block of Canary Avenue in Lockwood, open slightly before closing again. The door then opens all the way, and a deputy can be heard attempting to speak with the person inside. Within seconds, the shots were fired.
"It all happened very, very fast," said Linder.
Linder said one of the deputies said he saw the man raise the gun in their direction before they fired.
Neither of the deputies were injured and both were placed on administrative leave pending the results of an internal review. The administrative leave is a typical action following an officer-involved shooting.
The man who was shot was transported to a local hospital but is expected to survive.
Linder said they plan to interview the man, whose identity has not yet been released, in the coming days.
The two 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.