Officer Involved Shooting Being Investigated in Billings Heights
UPDATED 12/9/20, 11:51 a.m.:
The Billings Police Department has provided additional details related to yesterday's officer-involved shooting:
Members of the Montana Violent Offender Task Force (MVOTF) had attempted to arrest 36 year old, Richard Martinez for valid warrants. Preliminary information indicates Martinez allegedly drove at member(s) of the task force. A member of the MVOTF fired at Martinez. -Lt. Brandon Wooley
Lt. Wooley confirmed via press release that there were no other injuries and that a new file has been charged against Martinez: Assault on a Peace Officer. The press release also indicated that Billings Police Officers were not involved in the shooting.
Dozens of law enforcement vehicles from the Billings Police Department were seen racing down 4th Street north towards the Heights just after 3pm today (Tuesday), after U.S. Marshalls were involved in a shooting just off Bench Blvd.
According to the report posted on the @BillingsPD Twitter page from Lt. Krivitz, the Montana Violent Offender Task Force was serving a warrant in the 600 block of Clause Avenue at 2:59pm today (12/8), when shots were fired.
Detectives from the Billings Police Department are currently on the scene investigating the "Officer Involved Shooting," according to @BillingsPD.
Residents in the neighborhood around Clause Avenue and Joyce Circle were being told to stay inside their homes when the incident began, and the Billings Gazette reported two individuals were seen being taken into custody, including the person who was transported to a local hospital for a gunshot wound.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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