Livingston Police Kill Man Who Had Made Knife Threat

Officers say man didn't comply with commands and a stun gun was ineffective

By Associated Press

LIVINGSTON – Police officers in Livingston shot and killed a man who ran at an officer with a knife.

Chief Dale Johnson says officers responded to Shopko at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday after a caller reported a man was making threats that someone was going to die if police were not called. Officers located the man hiding outside the business.

The man didn’t comply with officers’ commands and a stun gun was ineffective in subduing him.

Johnson says an officer was backing away from the suspect while trying to de-escalate the situation, but the man ran at the officer with a knife, leading to the shooting.

Park County Coroner Al Jenkins says the man’s name was being withheld until family members could be notified.

The officers involved were placed on paid leave.