- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Beaverhead County officials say a motorist who was shot after threatening a deputy with a rifle during a traffic stop was hospitalized in critical condition.

Sheriff Frank Kluesner tells The Montana Standard (http://bit.ly/1MDomZM ) that the driver was alive Wednesday afternoon with a critical wound, but he did not have any other information.

Kluesner says a deputy stopped the man’s pickup truck on a frontage road about 10 miles south of Dillon at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, shortly after receiving a report of a possible drunken driver. The sheriff says the man got out of his pickup with his rifle and the deputy shot him.

The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation has been called in to investigate.

The names of the deputy and the driver have not been released.

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Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com

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