- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Seven people have been shot and killed by law enforcement in Billings, Montana since May, 2012. The latest police shooting happened Thursday, when an unidentified man was shot three times after police said he turned toward officers with a handgun following a 25-minute standoff. Details on each fatal shooting:

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October 2016: An unidentified Wyoming man is shot three times and killed by a Billings police officer in a hotel office after the armed suspect made threatening remarks and turned toward officers with the gun in his hand. Investigation pending.

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January 2015: John Barry Marshall, 48, shot 21 times and killed by six federal and local officers from a U.S. Marshals Service violent offender’s task force. Marshall was armed and wanted for a recent burglary when he encountered the officers outside a Billings hospital. Shooting ruled justified.

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April 2014: Richard Ramirez, 38, shot three times and killed by the same Billings police officer who killed a man in 2013. Officer Grant Morrison later testified he feared for his life when Ramirez reached for his waistband during a traffic stop in a high-crime area of the city. Shooting ruled justified.

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July 2013: Dean Randolph Jess, 42 shot four times and killed by a Yellowstone County Sheriff’s sergeant days after escaping from Montana State Prison. Jess was in a stolen jeep and had a handgun in the vehicle. Shooting ruled justified.

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February 2013: Jason James Shaw, 32, shot once and killed by Billings police officer Morrison, who said Shaw reached toward his waistband for what turned out to be a BB-gun. Shooting ruled justified.

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January 2013: Daniel Brawley, 29, shot and killed by a Billings police officer. Brawley had been taken into custody following an hours-long standoff, freed himself from his handcuffs and started to drive away in a patrol car. An officer fired nine times, hitting Brawley once. Shooting ruled justified.

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May 2012: Michael Brandon, 29, shot three times and killed by a Billings police officer in a motel hallway. An inquest determined Brandon was high on methamphetamine and engaged in a running gun battle with officers trying to arrest him for violating his probation. Shooting ruled justified.


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