On July 5, Sheriff's Sgt. Shane Skillen shot and killed Dean Randolph Jess, a Montana State Prison escapee, near a busy West End shopping area. Officials said Jess refused to come out of the stolen vehicle he was driving and had reached for a gun.
A coroner's inquest is pending to determine if the shooting was justified. The prison escape prompted Montana State Prison officials to tighten security procedures and search tactics.