Website created to support BPD officer involved in shooting

2013-01-08T18:00:00Z 2013-11-22T15:28:07Z Website created to support BPD officer involved in shootingGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Billings man has created a website to show support for Dave Punt, a police officer on administrative leave after an officer-involved shooting Sunday.

John King said he created the website — — to show the officer that members of the community are behind him.

The site simply asks people to sign a petition with a short, prewritten message.

"I want to show my support today for Officer Punt because I believe in our officers and law enforcement in Billings Montana and want to thank them for the commitment each officer has made to keep our community safe," the message reads.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the site had 433 signatures. King said the goal is to gather 5,000 as quickly as possible.

"Support Officer Punt today by signing below as a way to show support and encouragement to him through the challenges that he’ll be facing in the wake of this event," the website says. "Thank you for your service Officer Punt, and your service to our community."

Punt was placed on paid administrative leave on Sunday after he shot Daniel August Brawley.

Punt had placed Brawley, whose hands were cuffed behind him, in the back of his patrol car.

Brawley managed to slip his left hand free and climbed through a protective partition and into the front seat of the running patrol car, police said. As Brawley drove off in the car, it struck Punt, who then got up and fired nine shots at the car as it drove away.

One of the shots hit Brawley, who died a short time later. An official cause of death has not yet been released.

Punt is on administrative leave while police investigate and he receives mental health evaluations, which are mandated by BPD policy.

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