- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A seven-member jury has begun hearing information about a deputy-involved shooting in Huntley that left a 28-year-old man dead.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1RY518Z ) the coroner’s inquest into the January 2015 death of Loren Simpson begins Tuesday.

Park County Coroner Al Jenkins will conduct the inquest with the help of Senior Yellowstone County Deputy Attorneys Brett Linneweber and Victoria Callender.

A coroner’s inquest is not a criminal proceeding. Jurors are instructed to determine whether or not the shooting was justified.

Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Deputies Jason Robinson and Christopher Rudolph resigned five days after the shooting.

A wrongful death lawsuit against the county is pending in Montana U.S. District Court. In the suit, Simpson’s family claims the deputies used excessive force.

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

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