GREAT FALLS – The Great Falls Police Department released the name of the burglary suspect who was shot and killed by a police officer on Monday.
Thomas Jordan Addison of Great Falls was shot and killed when he allegedly fled the scene of a burglary and pulled out a weapon while officers were chasing him.
R. J. (Dick) Brown, the Fergus County Coroner, released the name on Wednesday afternoon. The body was taken to Billings for an autopsy by the Montana State Medical Examiner on Tuesday, as required by Montana law.
GFPD held a media briefing at on Wednesday afternoon to provide information about the fatal shooting.
During the briefing, GFPD Chief Dave Bowen said that the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, as is standard in such situations, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Bowen said that this has been a “difficult time for the officers involved and our entire agency,” and that “taking a human life is something that we in law enforcement hope to never do.”
Bowen thanked the Great Falls community for their support and prayers.
Brian Lockerby, the chief of the Division of Criminal Investigation at the Montana Department of Justice, said that in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation, no other details are being released at this time.
Lockerby explained that the investigation will take time, as agents process the crime scene, interview people, await autopsy results and confer with the Cascade County Attorney.
Officials declined to answer any questions and did not indicate what kind of weapon Addison reportedly pulled put.