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Lockwood Shooting

Yellowstone County sheriff's deputies investigate an officer-involved shooting at 1928 Canary Avenue in Lockwood on Sunday, January 21.

LARRY MAYER, Gazette Staff

A man shot by a Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputy Sunday morning at a residence in a Lockwood trailer park is expected to survive, Sheriff Mike Linder said.

Two deputies, conducting a welfare check on a potentially suicidal person Sunday morning shot at the man after he appeared with a handgun at the door of the home located at 1932 Canary Ave., according to a Sunday afternoon press release from Linder.

The man, who has not been identified by the sheriff's office, was transported to a hospital with a single gunshot wound and is expected to survive, Linder stated.

No deputies were injured, Linder said. He told The Gazette Sunday afternoon he did not know whether the man had fired his handgun.

After the officers' arrival, "one of the deputies heard what he described as 'heavy' footsteps rapidly approaching the door and then the door swing open," Linder stated in the release. "As the deputy shined his flashlight and looked inside the residence, he was confronted by a subject with a handgun. Shots were fired, although at the time of this release it is unknown the sequence of the shots or exactly how many shots were fired."

The two deputies who fired their weapons were identified as Tyler Sennett, who has been with the office for about one-and-a-half years, and Brendan Trujillo, who has been with the agency for about four months.

Trujillo was previously with another law enforcement agency for about six years, Linder stated in the release.

Both deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave pending a review of the incident.

Officers were dispatched at about 6:30 a.m. and Linder said the shooting occurred some time before 7 a.m.

By late morning, several officers remained at the scene of the shooting, where police tape marked off a section of the street and the mobile home.

Detectives with the sheriff's office are conducting the investigation, Linder said.

He declined to release any additional information about the man, including his age or whether he was a resident at the address where the shooting took place. The man was the only person home at the time of the shooting, he said.

"We won't be releasing the name of the victim today," Linder said, adding, "If we have any new details, I'll certainly provide them when I can."


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