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Suspect shot after crashing into cars near Philipsburg

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Posted at 7:55 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 09:59:48-04

Granite County Sheriff Scott Dunkerson says a deputy shot and killed a man on Thursday evening following an incident near Philipsburg.

According to Dunkerson, dispatchers received a report of a person ramming his vehicle into other vehicles at Sunshine Station on Highway 1 around 7:00 p.m.

Sheriff Dunkerson said in a news release that the man was "using his vehicle to ram other citizens vehicles and criminally endangering pedestrians."

A Granite County Sheriff's deputy and a Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks game warden responded to the incident. Dunkerson said the deputy and game warden were unable to stop the suspect before he hit another vehicle and the deputy's patrol vehicle.

The deputy then fired his weapon to stop the suspect. The suspect did not survive.

The deputy and the game warden were not injured.

Dunkerson said he has asked the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation and an independent coroner to conduct the investigation, as is standard practice in such cases.

The identity of the suspect has not yet been released. The deputy involved - whose name has not yet been released - has been placed on administrative leave.

We will update you as we get more information.