HELENA — A Lewis and Clark County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man in a residence just off Canyon Ferry Road in the east Helena Valley Wednesday afternoon.
The deceased was in his early 60s, Lewis and Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson said Wednesday night. His name was not released.
Sheriff Leo Dutton said deputies responded at about 5:47 p.m. to a call about the man and were performing a “welfare check.” He said deputies were instructed to use caution with the man, who had a warrant for his arrest on an arson charge in Musselshell County.
Dutton did not elaborate on the confrontation between the deputy and the man or on many other details, citing the ongoing investigation.
No one else was injured.
Nelson said the man’s vehicle was registered in another county.
Deputies blocked access to the short dead-end road for much of the afternoon as deputies, Helena police and agents from the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation remained on the scene.
An ambulance responded, but left about 7:30 p.m.
The shooting comes exactly a week after a suspected home intruder was shot to death at a home less than two miles away on Canyon Ferry Road. That shooting remains under investigation, but Dutton has said he believes that homeowner’s account of the shooting.