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Police say Billings suspect drove vehicle at officers before he was shot

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Posted at 9:17 AM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 11:19:33-05

BILLINGS — Police said Wednesday a man drove a vehicle at officers before he was shot.

Lt. Brandon Wooley of the Billings Police Department said in a news release that the shooting on Tuesday at about 3 p.m. in the 600 block of Clause Circle happened as officers with the Montana Violent Offender Task Force attempted to arrest 36-year-old Richard Martinez on warrants.

When Martinez drove at the officers, one of them fired at Martinez, Wooley said.

Martinez was taken by ambulance to a Billings medical facility where he was treated for a gunshot wound and released. He is currently being held at the Yellowstone County jail on outstanding warrants and a possible new felony charge of assault on a peace officer, Wooley said.

No other injuries were reported.

The details of the arrest warrants have not been released.

According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Martinez has felony convictions in Yellowstone County for criminal possession of dangerous drugs, tampering with physical evidence, and strangulation of a partner/family member.