Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On May 14, 2024, at 8:02 AM, the Missoula Police Department was saddened to confirm the loss of a life in an officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier that morning. Shortly after 2:00 AM, Police Public Information Officer Whitney Bennett said an MPD Officer initiated a traffic stop in the 700 block of South Orange St. for suspected impaired driving.  

“The individual, a 32-year-old male, was uncooperative and fled the scene in his vehicle and then on foot,” Bennett said. “Despite efforts to apprehend the male peacefully, the situation escalated as the male remained uncooperative and was found to be in possession of a firearm. Shots were fired, resulting in the injury of the male.” 

Bennett said life-saving measures were immediately administered, and the male was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. 

“The loss of any life is tragic, our deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased,” Bennett said. “An incident such as this profoundly affects us all, including our officers involved. We will continue to support our officers through this challenging time. As the investigation into the incident unfolds, the MPD reaffirms its commitment to transparency and accountability.” 

Bennett said the Division of Criminal Investigation at the Montana Department of Justice will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting. 

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"Our goal is to determine exactly what happened. As law enforcement professionals, we are sworn to preserve and protect life," added Chief Michael Colyer. "We urge the public to respect the privacy of the family as they begin to grieve. These investigations take time, and no names will be released during this period.” 

Bennett said it is important to note that this was an isolated incident, and there were no injuries sustained by any officers involved. The MPD expresses gratitude to the local agencies that assisted. 

We will provide more information about this incident as it becomes available.  

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