A Coroner’s inquest into the shooting death of Stacy Micheletti is underway in Great Falls.
The inquest began at about 9 a.m. on Monday in the Great Falls Civic Center.
An inquest is a formal inquiry into the causes of and circumstances surrounding the death of a person and is conducted by the coroner before a coroner’s jury.
Micheletti, 51 years old, was shot by police in the area of 10th Avenue North and 52nd Street on December 11th, 2017. He was taken to Benefis Health System where he was pronounced dead.
Great Falls Police Chief David Bowen said that police officers were in the area looking for a man wanted for questioning related to an earlier incident. When officers located the man – later identified as Micheletti – he reportedly waved a weapon, according to Bowen, and was shot and killed. None of the officers were injured.
In accordance with Montana Code, R. J. (Dick) Brown, the civilian Fergus County Coroner is performing the duties of Cascade County Coroner for this inquest.
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There have been three shootings of people by police officers in Great Falls within the last year. In April 2017, a knife-wielding suspect was shot and injured by an officer. In September 2017, Jordan Addison died after being shot by a GFPD officer. In December 2017, Micheletti was shot and killed by police after he reportedly brandished a gun.