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May 9, 2013 1:31 AM by Erin Schermele (erin@krtv.com)

Great Falls neighborhood rocked by deadly shooting

GREAT FALLS - A 29-year-old man is dead after an officer-involved shooting at around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Great Falls.

The shooting happened in the 2700 block of Carmel Drive in the Fox Farm neighborhood when law enforcement officers from several agencies were trying to serve a warrant on the man.

Authorities have not yet released the name of the man, nor provided any other information at this point.

During a press conference near the scene of the shooting, officials announced that the Division of Criminal Investigation of the MT Department of Justice is taking the lead on the case because the incident involved law enforcement officers.

Residents in the neighborhood are hoping for their questions to be answered soon.

Gary Lowry said, " I heard the shots from my house...it sounded like two guns, one rapid fire and the other just pop pop pop, but it sounded like 20 shots in total."

Dana Spicer noted, "It was like something out of one of the TV shows you watch and don't want to be a part of. This is actually happening on my street...you think you live in a safe neighborhood, but you just never know...even in the nicest neighborhoods, it can happen anywhere."

Bryan Lockerby with the Division of Criminal Investigation tells us that agents from across the state are headed to Great Falls to work the case.

We will update you as we learn more about this developing story.


(UPDATE, 6:32 pm) A 29-year old man was shot and killed at 2:13 p.m. at 2749 Carmel Drive, according to a press release from the MT Department of Justice.

The press release states that U.S. Marshals, Probation & Parole office, and Great Falls police were trying to serve a warant.

The name of the man who was killed has not been released.


(UPDATE, 4:33 pm) The Great Falls Police Department has confirmed that there was a shooting this afternoon on Carmel Drive in Great Falls.

We have not yet confirmed how many people were involved in the shooting, or whether anyone was injured or died.

The Division of Criminal Investigation of the MT Department of Justice will lead the investigation, so GFPD can not comment further beyond telling us there is no concern for community safety and that they are "not looking for anyone else at this point."

Bryan Lockerby, the chief of the DCI, is a former GFPD officer; he assumed his current role in Helena after being appointed in January 2013 by MT Attorney General Tim Fox.

A press conference is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and we will update you as we learn more.


(FIRST ON KRTV.COM, 2:38 pm) Police and medical crews have been dispatched to the Fox Farm neighborhood after receiving a report that gunshots may have been fired.

Initial reports indicate that it is on the 2700 block of Carmel Drive in the southwest corner of Great Falls.

A person who lives nearby tells us that she heard "about eight gunshots."

Tammy Lacey, the Great Falls Public Schools director of human resources and recently elected superintendent, sent out the following message via Twitter:

"Meadowlark students released at the end of school day with care to only parents and guardians. No students will walk home alone."

"Meadowlark parents are requested to pick up students who usually walk home. Students will be released with care at days' end."

There is no word yet from police about whether or not anyone has been shot.

We have dispatched a reporter to the scene and will update you as we learn more.


Police on scene of reported gunshots in Great Falls

Police on scene of reported gunshots in Great Falls

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