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Montana Department of Justice

Billings Police Officer Kills Man At Casino Who Had Pellet Gun

Apr 10, 2018
Police car.
(PD)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A police officer shot and killed a man authorities said was waving a black pellet gun and threatening patrons inside a casino early Tuesday — the second fatal shooting by officers in Montana's largest city in less than 24 hours.

Fourteen Montana children, whose cases had been reported to the state’s child protective services, died last year. Drug or alcohol use was identified in 9 of the 14 cases reviewed by the Montana Department of Justice.

State Attorney General Tim Fox says the state must learn how to better protect its most vulnerable children.

Sheriff truck.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-NC-2)

Earlier this month, Mineral County closed its only jail for lack of staff. Now, county officials are scrambling to replace the local sheriff who abruptly resigned this week.

Attorney General Tim Fox announcing a new report about drug abuse in Montana, September 19, 2017.
Corin Cates-Carney

A new report from the Montana Department of Justice released today says meth violations are up more than 500 percent in the last five years. And since 2010, heroin crimes are up more than 1,500 percent, contributing to Montana having the highest jail incarceration rate in the region.

The DOJ’s initial "Addressing the Impact of Drugs," or "AID" report provides a look into the data of Montanan’s use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

Montana Law Enforement Academy
Corin Cates-Carney

Montana’s Law Enforcement Academy, which trains every new cop in the state, is getting an upgrade over the next few years. Lawmakers approved $6 million, despite the tight budget year, to begin remodels in the academy for new officers.

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