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Sheriff: 1 person shot at MontanaFair

Sheriff: 1 person shot at MontanaFair
Posted at 8:25 AM, Aug 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-16 15:44:12-04

Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder released the following information on Tuesday, August 16, 2022:

On August 15, 2022, at approximately 11:30 pm, Deputies working security for the fair at Metra Park heard what they believed to be a gunshot, which came from somewhere on the midway. They were able to determine an approximate location based on people running from a particular area. Deputies immediately responded to the area and located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound to his leg.

A Sheriff’s Office Sergeant provided medical attention to the wounded individual while other deputies looked for a suspect or possible witnesses. One witness stated a male in a red shirt shot the victim so Deputies focused their search looking for someone matching the description.

Deputies located a male individual near some concession stands and approached him to try to determine if he was involved in any way. That subject ran from the Deputies, but was caught when he and the Deputies ended up in the pond on the fairgrounds. He was identified and released without any charges at this time.

The investigation is continuing and our investigators are still interviewing witnesses. We would ask that anyone with information about this incident contact the Yellowstone county Sheriff’s Office at 406-256-2929 and leave your contact information.

With what we know so far, it appears this is an isolated incident and not a random shooting, as the individuals involved are likely acquainted with each other. Regardless, we will be stepping up our law enforcement presence at the fair.

We will update you if we get more information.

(1st REPORT, AUGUST 15, 2022) A shooting at MontanaFair in Billings late Monday night is under investigation.

Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said a teenage boy or young adult was shot in the leg near the carnival area.

A suspect has not been identified.

Deputies and medical crews arrived at the fairgrounds at about 11:30 p.m., Linder said.

MetraPark General Manager Tim Goodridge was interviewed on Tuesday and said the fairgrounds are safe and credited law enforcement with a quick response to the shooting.


Watch the full interview below:

MetraPark official: Fairgrounds safe after shooting incident