BILLINGS — A coroner’s inquest is underway in Billings in the January death of a man who was shot by several law enforcement officers who were trying to arrest him outside Billings Clinic.
Before his death, 48-year-old John Barry Marshall had been wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s violent offender task force. Officers said they received a tip he was at the hospital.
Police say when Marshall was approached by uniformed officers, he ran, tripped and a shot was fired into a hospital window. Officers did not know if Marshall intentionally fired the shot.
Three city police officers, two deputy U.S. marshals and a Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputy fired multiple shots at Marshall, killing him.
The Billings Gazette reports jurors will hear testimony Wednesday and Thursday and determine whether any criminal acts were involved in Marshall’s death.
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