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Feb 21, 2014 7:40 PM by Sanjay Talwani (sanjay@kxlh.com)

Ness identified as man shot by law enforcement near Browning

HELENA - James Marlowe Ness has been identified as the man who was shot and killed by law enforcement near Browning on the Blackfeet Reservation on Thursday night.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released the name on Friday evening.

The incident involved Ness, who is from the Helena area, and officers from the Blackfeet Tribal Police and Glacier County Sheriff's Office. Flathead County Sheriff's Deputies and Montana Highway Patrol troopers were also at the scene.

According to a press release from the FBI, Ness was stopped by law enforcement resulting from a BOLO (be on the lookout) alert issued by the Helena Police Department.

Helena Police Chief Troy McGee told MTN News that on Thursday evening, his office received a report from a Helena woman who said that her 70-year old husband had left home without indicating where he was going, and that he had a shot-gun.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says that at around 8 p.m. on Thursday his office received a report of a suicidal person who was driving through Flathead County. Sheriff's deputies located the vehicle in West Glacier and attempted to stop it to conduct a welfare check.

The person driving the vehicle didn't stop; a chase ensued eastbound on Highway 2. Due to unfavorable road conditions, Flathead County deputies stopped the chase at Essex.

At that time, the Glacier County Sheriff's Office, the Montana Highway Patrol, and Tribal law enforcement got involved by attempting to stop the vehicle using spike strips approximately 10 miles down the highway.

The FBI reports that Ness was armed during the incident and shots were exchanged; Ness was struck during the exchange and died upon arrival at the hospital.

A coroner's inquest is being conducted by the Toole County Coroner; an inquest is performed whenever a law enforcement agency is involved in a fatal shooting.

The FBI is continuing to investigate the incident.

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