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Missoula police officer involved in shooting incident

No word yet on whether anyone was injured
Posted at 9:47 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 16:51:00-04

MISSOULA — A Missoula police officer was involved in a shooting incident Monday afternoon, but specifics on what exactly happened have not yet been released.

In a press release sent to the media on Monday evening, Sergeant Travis Welsh says at approximately 4:40 p.m., police officers responded to a report of suspicious activity in a dirt lot at the intersection of North 2nd and A Street.

Welsh says the complainant reported what they had suspected was drug activity occurring in or near a recreation vehicle parked there.

At one point during the encounter, shots were fired involving the responding officers.

The press release does not elaborate if anyone was injured.

Welsh says the investigation has been turned over to the Montana Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation.

We will update you when we get more information.

(UPDATE) Montana Department of Justice spokesman John Barnes says a confrontation ensued when officers attempted to speak with Steven Gill, 35. Shots were fired and Gill was struck.

Gill died of his wounds after being taken to Saint Patrick Hospital. No officers were injured during the confrontation.

Missoula Police Department spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh told MTN News that two officers have been placed on administrative leave as per department policy as the investigation continues.