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The Latest: Man critical after shot by Billings officers

October 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM

BILLINGS, Mont. - The Latest on an officer-involved shooting in Billings (all times local):

10 a.m.

A man was shot and critically injured after pointing a shotgun at two police officers as he sat in a vehicle outside a Billings motel.

Police Chief Rich St. John said the suspect did not fire at the officers, but they heard a shotgun being racked inside the pickup truck. The man refused numerous orders to drop the weapon before raising and swinging the shotgun toward the officers.

The officers fired their patrol rifles, hitting the man several times, shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Officers Matthew Edwards and Jeremiah Adams were placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

St. John says the suspect was believed to have twice discharged the shotgun outside the motel late Tuesday and early Wednesday. St. John says his officers acted appropriately.

The suspect's name has not been released.

8:25 a.m.

A man is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot by two police officers outside a Billings motel.

Officers arrived at the Lazy K-T Motel at about 1 a.m. Wednesday and found the suspect in the parking lot carrying a shotgun. Police said at some point the suspect racked the gun and swung it up toward officers. Officers shot him in the torso.

Police says the officers involved — Matt Edwards and Jeremiah Adams — were not injured. They were placed on administrative leave while the case is being investigated.

The suspect's name has not been released.

7:55 a.m.

A Billings police officer shot a man outside a motel early Wednesday.

Officials have not said what led to the shooting. Lt. Shawn Mayo says the man was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Mayo did not know the man's condition.

Police say the shooting happened at about 1 a.m. in the parking lot of the Lazy K-T Motel. Officers are still investigating.

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