Man shot to death after stealing police car following standoff

2013-12-26T00:00:00Z 2014-04-18T23:05:49Z Man shot to death after stealing police car following standoff The Billings Gazette
December 26, 2013 12:00 am

Man shot to death after stealing police car following standoff

On January 6, Billings police responded to a house on Miles Ave. for a report of a possible burglary. After spotting two people and with reports of firearms inside the house, the SWAT team and a police negotiator were called to the scene.

After several hours of negotiations, 29-year-old Daniel Brawley and his 25-year-old wife, Heather, were arrested.

After Officer Dave Punt placed Daniel Brawley into his patrol car, Brawley climbed over the partition between the the back and front seats. Brawley then sped off down the street, striking Punt with the car.

Punt began chasing the car on foot, and fired several shots through the back window, striking and killing Brawley.

It was later determined that Brawley had escaped by slipping out of the plastic Flex Cuff handcuffs that members of the SWAT team had used to restrain him. This allowed him to lower the Plexiglas partition inside the patrol car and climb into the driver's seat.

Following the incident, Officer Punt was placed on paid administrative leave. A coroner's inquest determined the shooting to be justified.

Heather Brawley admitted to burglary charges in October but failed to appear for her November 22 sentencing hearing.

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