Fatal police shooting in Great Falls

Posted at 6:32 AM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 08:32:04-04

GREAT FALLS – A man who reportedly brandished a gun at Great Falls police officers was shot and killed on Sunday evening.

The name of the man has not yet been released, nor have the names of any of the officers involved.

The incident began when officers responded to a residence in the Highwoods Mobile Home Park at 6:48 p.m. for a reported disturbance. During the call to 911, dispatchers received information indicating the disturbance was escalating and required a highest priority police response.

When officers arrived, they encountered a man armed with a gun. Great Falls police said in a Facebook post at 10:12 p.m. that when officers made contact with the man he "brandished the gun, shots were exchanged, and he was fatally shot by our officers."

Police Chief David Bowen has requested the Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) lead the inquiry into the incident.

Police also said that as officers were driving to the scene, displaying top lights and with an audible siren, one officer was involved in a two-vehicle crash. The occupant of the private vehicle suffered minor injuries, and the officer suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers with the Montana Highway Patrol are investigating the crash.

Police have not yet released any other information.

There have been four shootings of suspects in Great Falls within the last 18 months. In April 2017, a knife-wielding suspect was shot and injured by an officer. In September 2017, Jordan Addison died after being shot by a Great Falls police officer. In December 2017, Micheletti was shot and killed by police after he reportedly brandished a gun.