Warrant issued for woman connected to fatal shooting

2013-11-22T15:10:00Z 2014-04-18T11:38:08Z Warrant issued for woman connected to fatal shootingGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
November 22, 2013 3:10 pm  • 

A judge issued a $7,500 bench warrant Friday for a woman after she failed to appear in court for sentencing on a burglary conviction for a January break-in that ended with police fatally shooting her husband.

Heather Lynnea Brawley, 26, was scheduled to appear in Yellowstone County District Court before Judge Ingrid Gustafson for sentencing on one count of burglary.

Brawley had admitted in a previous court appearance that on Jan. 6 she and her husband, Daniel Brawley, broke into a house on Miles Avenue, fixed a meal, took a shower and gathered up children’s clothing and diapers before police arrived and arrested them.

A Billings police officer shot and killed Daniel Brawley shortly thereafter when he slipped a hand out of plastic ties while in the back seat of a patrol car, climbed into the front seat of the vehicle and tried to drive away.

The car hit an officer, who opened fire on Brawley. A recent coroner’s inquest cleared the officer of any wrongdoing in the shooting.

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