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Name of Missoula Police officer involved in shooting released

Posted at 2:24 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 16:33:22-05

MISSOULA – The name of the Missoula Police officer involved in a fatal shooting on Nov. 18 has been released.

Sgt. Travis Welsh says Officer Joseph Burger has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

49-year-old Janessa Cooper was killed in the confrontation with officers on Sunday, Nov. 18 at a home in the 600 block of Blaine Street.

Burger has been with the department three years next month.

Burger’s leave is pending further information received through an investigation currently being conducted by the Montana Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigations.

Welsh says an internal review of this incident is also being conducted.