Man Shot by Billings Police Officer

Police Capt. Kevin Iffland says it was unclear if the man was armed and it appears only one officer fired shots

By Associated Press

BILLINGS — A knife-wielding man was shot and killed by a Billings police officer at a downtown apartment building.

Police Chief Rich St. John says a witness reported the 29-year-old victim was acting erratically and slashing in the air with a knife Monday morning.

St. John says the man threw three knives through a broken window at responding officers, prompting an officer to deploy his stun gun to no effect.

Soon after, the victim was advancing on officers inside the apartment building when he was shot by one officer and a second officer deployed his stun gun, St. John said.

There will be a formal review of the shooting. But St. John says it appears to have been a “textbook response” to a dangerous situation.

The man’s name hasn’t been released.

No one else was injured.

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