HELENA - A shooting review board has ruled that Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Blythe did not violate any administrative rules when he fatally shot a man on Feb. 1. Blythe returned to duty on Feb. 20.
Deputies had responded to the 2600 block of Casper Drive for a report of a man harming himself and talking about suicide on Feb. 1.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says officers spent about an hour negotiating with the man, who had a handgun. Eventually, he said, Blythe had to shoot the man to protect himself and others. The man was identified as Taylor Schnortz, 26, of Townsend.
"They did negotiate, they did everything they could not to have to be put in that position but because of his mental health status they couldn't leave, they were engaged with him, my deputies were put in a position where they were compromised and had to act accordingly and they did," Sheriff Dutton said.
Now that the shooting review board has ruled Blythe did not violate any administrative rules, a coroner's inquest remains.