BPD Statement on Fatal Crash in Billings
From the Billings Police Department via Administrative Lieutenant Matt Lennick:
On February 4th, 2024 around 3:09 AM, BPD responded to a domestic disturbance in the 2100 block of Custer Avenue.
The 30-year-old male suspect left the residence before Officers arrived on the scene. While investigating the disturbance, Officers were given a suspect name and vehicle description.
An Officer in the area located a vehicle matching the suspect description as it traveled north on Zimmerman Trail from Grand Avenue, and verified it was the vehicle they were searching for.
Officers waited until reaching the top of Zimmerman Trail to initiate a traffic stop, as the suspect vehicle began to travel east on Highway 3 without yielding to Officers, and maintaining posted speeds until the suspect began accelerating. The decision was made to terminate the pursuit for the safety of the public, Officers, and the suspect.
The suspect continued east on Highway 3 at high speed, when the suspect suddenly turned the vehicle around a half mile west of the Highway 3 & North 27th Street roundabout, leaving Highway 3 and driving off the edge of the rims.
BPD Officers and YCSO Deputies were able to locate the vehicle at the base of the Rims, and the male was deceased upon their arrival at the vehicle.
The BPD Crash Team responded to this incident and took over the investigation.
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