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Great Falls escapee is 'person of interest' in deadly shooting

Driver dies after being shot in Billings
Posted at 8:42 PM, Nov 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-07 15:46:37-05

On Saturday, November 5, 2022, police in Billings responded to a report of a a vehicle that had crashed into a parked car. It happened on the 200 block of South 29th Street at about 11:50 p.m. They found that the driver of the vehicle had been shot.

According to Billings Police Department Sgt. Eric Schnelbach, two suspects fled the scene. The driver of the car that crashed was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.

Police are investigating it as a homicide. No other details have been released at this point. We will update you if we get more information.

(UPDATE, NOVEMBER 7) Billings police on Monday asked for the public's help in locating 22-year old Branden Rock Above, who they said is a "person of interest" in the suspected homicide.

Lt. Matt Lennick of the Billings Police Department said that officers located one of the possible suspects, a person who was determined to be an escapee from the Billings Alpha House pre-release facility. The news release did not identify the person or indicate whether an arrest had been made.

The second person has not been located, but was identified by police as Rock Above, who was reported as an escapee from the Great Falls Pre-Release Center on Saturday, October 29.


Branden Rock Above