1 arrested after report of shots fired in downtown Billings

2014-07-17T21:14:00Z 2014-08-19T23:36:14Z 1 arrested after report of shots fired in downtown BillingsGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Billings police responded Thursday evening to a report of shots fired on North 27th Street in downtown Billings.

When officers arrived, they located and arrested a 21-year-old man on North 29th Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues north. They also recovered a .40 caliber handgun from the scene.

The man, who was later identified as Jerimiah Cooper, of Billings, was transported to Yellowstone County Detention Facility. He is expected to face criminal endangerment charges, according to a press release.

Another man and two women were seen in handcuffs at the scene, but were later released.

Tammy Mehlhaff came downtown to meet her friend Marcia Reichert, owner of Soul Sync Bodywork, 208 N. 29th St. 

"This town is changing so fast it's not even funny," Mehlhaff said as they walked past police officers and people in handcuffs toward Second Avenue North. 

When asked to explain, Mehlhaff, a Billings resident of 20 years, said she couldn't put a finger on it. 

"It seems like lately it's getting tougher. ... I still feel safe, but there's this air of unpredictability," she said.  

The incident is under investigation, and police believe alcohol was involved.

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