A man who brandished a weapon was shot and killed by Great Falls police officers on Monday morning, according to GFPD chief David Bowen.
During a briefing on Monday afternoon, Bowen said that at about 10:30 a.m. officers were in the area of 10th Avenue North and 52nd Street looking for a man wanted for questioning related to an earlier incident.
When officers located the man, he brandished a weapon, according to Bowen, and was shot and killed. None of the officers were injured.
As is standard in such situations, the GFPD requested assistance from the Division of Criminal Investigation of the Montana Department of Justice. Bowen says that DCI officials have begun conducting interviews.
Bowen also said that a coroner's inquest will be scheduled.
The name of the suspect has not yet been released, pending notification of family.
Bowen declined to say what kind of weapon the suspect had, and did not say how many times the man was shot.
The names of the officers involved have not yet been released; Bowen says that the officers directly involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.
The GFPD said in a press release: "We recognize this is a difficult time for the officers involved, as well as our entire agency. We want each of them, and their families, to know how much we support them. As peace officers, taking a human life is something we pray we are never forced to do; however, in the course of our responsibilities, this may become necessary."
We will update you as we get more information.
The last shooting of a suspect in Great Falls happened in September 2017, when Thomas Jordan Addison was shot and killed by an officer. In April 2017, a knife-wielding suspect was shot and injured by an officer.