Inquest Scheduled in Case of Dillon Man Shot by Deputy

Deputy shot 22-year-old man during a traffic stop last November

By Molly Priddy

BUTTE — A coroner’s inquest is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Dillon to determine if a Beaverhead County sheriff’s deputy was justified in shooting a Dillon man during a traffic stop last November.

Deputy Michael Miles has said 22-year-old Andrew Blake had a rifle and had refused ordered to put it down. Miles shot Blake, who died six days later at a hospital in Salt Lake City.

The Montana Standard reports up to a dozen witnesses were expected to testify and the seven jurors will see footage from the deputy’s dashboard and body cameras.

The jurors will be asked to determine if the deputy committed a criminal act.

An administrative review board already determined that Miles followed agency policy and procedures.

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