[Updated] Standoff & Homicide Rock Billings Midtown Sunday Night
Released Mon, Jan 9th at 9 AM from BPD:
Billings, MT - At 6:09 pm Jan. 8, Officers responded to the 1200 block of Burlington for reports of a shooting. The male victim of the shooting was transported privately to the hospital. Officers arrived on the scene and determined the suspect was still inside the residence and all of the residents had fled the scene. The suspect continued to fire shots from the residence. No one was struck by these shots.
Billings Police patrol was able to secure the area and the residence while BPD Swat, negotiators, bomb squad, and YSCO Swat were activated. A second crime scene was located at the business lot of 1307 12th Street West was located. Initial investigation of this scene determined the suspect had crashed a vehicle into several parked vehicles and then fled the area on foot, ending up at the residence on Burlington Ave.
Officers then responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Avenue F due to information received from the suspect vehicle involved in the crash. Officers on this scene located a deceased male. The initial investigation on this scene appears the suspect reportedly shot the victim and then stole this victim’s vehicle, which was the same vehicle involved in the crash at 1307 12th Street West.
At this time there does not appear to be any connection between any of the victims and the suspect.
Throughout the entirety of the standoff, officers attempted contact with the suspect and received no cooperation. At approximately 1 am, officers were able to determine what part of the residence the suspect was barricaded in and focused their efforts on gaining cooperation from the suspect. The suspect was located in the residence and taken into custody without any further injury or shots being fired.
The suspect was transported to the hospital due to injuries sustained in the vehicle crash and is currently being detained there on the suspicion of deliberate homicide, attempted deliberate homicide, and robbery. The suspect's identity will be released once official charges have been filed.
This just in from the Billings Police Department:
Around 6:09 PM, Billings Police responded to the 1200 Block of Burlington Ave in Billings for a report of a shooting in the area.
On arrival, officers found one person injured and transported them to the hospital. One other person, the suspect in the investigation, is barricaded inside a residence.
As a precaution, Billings PD has shut down the 1100 Block of 12th Street West, the 1200 Block of Alderson, and The 1200 Block of Burlington.
Billings PD asks you to stay out of the area.
As more information is released, this article will update.