A teenager warded off two attackers with pepper spray as he was walking his dog Wednesday morning on the South Side, authorities said.
Billings Police Sgt. Kevin Iffland said the young man was walking near South 35th Street and Second Avenue South at about 11:30 a.m. when three young men began threatening him from inside a vehicle.
Two of the teenagers then got out of the vehicle, one of them holding a 4-foot shovel handle and the other a plastic jug with some kind of liquid. The teenager sprayed one of the attackers in the face with pepper spray and ran away. As he did so, one of the other teens threw the shovel handle at him, but it did not hit him, police said.
A code enforcement officer in the area witnessed the attack and yelled at the young men to stop. As the young men drove off in the vehicle, he followed them until they were separated by traffic.
The victim told police that he had been in another fight with the young men within the last few weeks.
Iffland said police tried to track down the suspects at their homes, but they could not be immediately located.