- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings police officer says the gun used to fatally shoot a man outside an apartment complex last year was stolen from a Bureau of Indian Affairs special agent.

The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1m9aZpT ) that Officer David Firebaugh testified Wednesday at the trial of 29-year-old Jonathan Michael Martinez, who is charged with deliberate homicide in the October 2014 death of David Vallie.

Firebaugh said he recovered a gun from a hit-and-run crash the day after Vallie’s death. Charging documents say the vehicle was linked to Martinez after a woman told police he had taken her vehicle.

The Montana State Crime Lab determined the gun taken from the vehicle was the one used to kill Vallie.

Firebaugh did not know when Special Agent John Dodd reported the weapon stolen.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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