- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The jury at a Montana inquest has cleared a police officer involved in a fatal 2018 shooting.

The Billings Gazette reports the jury took only five minutes Wednesday to rule the officer’s conduct was justified in the April 2018 shooting death of 29-year-old Zachary Glen Hoven.

Police say Hoven charged at the officer with butter knives after throwing large kitchen knives, tools and other objects at another officer through the window of his Billings apartment.

Authorities say the officer fired three times, hitting Hoven in the abdomen and neck and grazing his cheek.

Police say Hoven asked officers to kill him and did not respond to a stun gun that was fired at him minutes before the fatal confrontation.

The medical examiner says Hoven was under the influence of methamphetamine.


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

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