Feb 5, 2011 12:23 PM by KBZK Media Center
One person is dead after an early morning standoff with Gallatin County authorities.
The Gallatin County Sheriff's Department issued a news release Saturday morning, saying that a deputy was involved in a fatal shooting that resulted in the death of a suspect. The incident, which occurred on Andrea Drive west of Belgrade and involved an armed standoff, is being investigated by the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation and the Park County Coroner's Office.
"Since this incident involved a Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy, investigators with the Montana Department of Justice have taken charge of the case. After the scene is processed, evidence is collected and witnesses interviewed, the DOJ will produce a report on the incident and an inquest will then be convened by the Park County Coroner. The date and time of the inquest is yet to be determined," the news release states.
The GCSO is conducting its own internal review of the incident that the department says will guarantee that department policies and procedures were followed. The process is expected to take a few weeks.
The deputy involved in the shooting, who was not named in the press release, has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the internal review.
"These sorts of situations are unfortunately part of the job for our people," Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell said in the release. "Every day when our deputies go on shift they never know when they are going to be faced with a life threatening situation. That is why we train so hard and so consistently."
"Our goal here is to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation. At the same time work with those involved to make sure that any support needed is provided," Cashell continued. "And our work continues. Your deputies are on the job today, like every other day, to make sure our community is safe."