HELENA- One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting with a Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s deputy late Thursday night.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says, around 10:30 p.m., deputies were called to a home on the 2600 block of Casper Drive, in the Eastgate Village area just outside East Helena.
A caller reported a male at that residence was cutting himself and talking about suicide. The caller later reported the injured man was armed with a handgun.
When deputies arrived, Dutton said they spent 45 minutes to an hour trying to negotiate with the man.
“He wasn’t under arrest,” he said. “They wanted to help him; they pleaded with him to put down the gun. Unfortunately, he forced the hand of a deputy.”
Just before midnight, Dutton said the deputy had to fire his weapon to protect himself and other individuals at the scene.
The man died at the scene – none of the deputies or bystanders involved were injured.
“It’s terrible that the deputies have to go through that,” Dutton said. “Our condolences to the family of the young man as well.”
Dutton said the deputy is on administrative leave as is standard procedure.
He has requested assistance from the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation to investigate the incident.