Over the weekend, Administrative Lieutenant Matt Lennick provided more details on the shooting and homicide of a 17-year-old in Billings, along with the activation of Billings SWAT:

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On November 3, 2023, at around 8:06 PM, Officers with the Billings Police Department responded to a weapons complaint in the 500 block of South 29th Street.

As Officers arrived in the area they observed multiple people running from the scene and located a 17-year-old male with gunshot wounds. Officers, Fire, and AMR provided medical care on the scene and the victim was transported by medical to an area hospital.

Officers from BPD, Deputies from YCSO, and Troopers with MHP began canvasing the area and were able to locate two juvenile individuals believed to be involved. The victim was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The initial investigation indicates a group of juveniles had met at the location of the scene and an altercation erupted. During the altercation, the suspect(s) began firing a handgun and multiple rounds were fired. Investigators were able to determine potential involved parties had ties to a residence in the 600 block of South 31st.

On November 4, 2023, at approximately 7:00 AM, BPD SWAT, YCSO SRT, BPD Negotiators, and BPD Drone team were all activated at the residence on South 31st. Tactical teams made contact with individuals inside and were able to remove four (4) individuals from the residence, three (3) juveniles and one (1) adult.

At the time of this release, (11/4/23 at 4:37 PM) the investigation is ongoing. Investigators are continuing to work on identifying and locating all of the involved parties.

As more information is released, we will update our articles.

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