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Coroner's jury: Sheriff's Lt. justified in July shooting death of fugitive

Coroner's jury: Sheriff's Lt. justified in July shooting death of fugitive

After about five minutes of deliberation, a seven-person coroner’s jury reached a unanimous verdict Wednesday that a Yellowstone County sheriff’s lieutenant was justified in the shooting death of a gun-brandishing fugitive last July.

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Dashboard video of officer-involved shooting

Dashboard video of officer-involved shooting

Dashboard video showing the July 5, 2013, shooting of 42-year-old Dean Randolph Jess by Yellowstone County Sheriff's Lt. Shane Skillen. Jess has escaped from the state prison in Deer Lodge days before officers attempted to arrest him.Warning: This video contains graphic language and content.

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Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito, center, listens to testimony during a coroner's inquest Wednesday.

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Witness Jason Foster

Witness Jason Foster

Witness Jason Foster testifies during a coroner's inquest Wednesday.

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Witness Brad Sweat testifies

Witness Brad Sweat testifies

Witness Brad Sweat testifies during a coroner's inquest Wednesday.

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Mike Linder testifies

Mike Linder testifies

Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder testifies during a coroner’s inquest Wednesday.

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Jim Ellis testifies

Jim Ellis testifies

Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Ellis testifies during a coroner’s inquest Wednesday about the fatal shooting of escapee Dean Randolph Jess.

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Jim Ellis approaches a Jeep

Jim Ellis approaches a Jeep

In a photograph taken of a video shown during the coroner’s inquest Wednesday, Yellowstone County Sheriff’s deputy Jim Ellis approaches a Jeep driven by Montana State Prison escapee Dean Jess last year.

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Live Coverage: Coroner's Inquest Underway In July Shooting Of Escapee

Live Coverage: Coroner's Inquest Underway In July Shooting Of Escapee

Sheriff's Lt. Shane Skillen shot 42-year-old Dean Randolph Jess days after Jess escaped from the state prison in Deer Lodge. Jess was in a stolen vehicle and was shot after he made a move for a gun during a standoff with law enforcement.

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Inquest finds deputy was justified in shooting of fugitive

Inquest finds deputy was justified in shooting of fugitive

After about five minutes of deliberation, a seven-person coroner's jury reached a unanimous verdict Wednesday that a Yellowstone County sheriff’s lieutenant was justified in the shooting death of a gun-brandishing fugitive last July.

April 16, 2014 10:30 am Video Photos

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Veteran sheriff's lieutenant on paid leave after fatal shooting

Veteran sheriff's lieutenant on paid leave after fatal shooting

Yellowstone County Sheriff's Lt. Shane Skillen was identified Monday as the officer who shot and killed an escaped prison inmate in Billings.

July 08, 2013 5:07 pm Photos

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Escapee shooting

Escapee shooting

An escapee from Montana State Prison was shot to death by a Yellowstone County sheriff's deputy in Billings on Friday.

July 05, 2013 5:33 pm Photos

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A Jeep with Michigan license plates

A Jeep with Michigan license plates

A Jeep with Michigan license plates sits near the scene of the shooting Friday.

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Dean Randolph Jess

Dean Randolph Jess

The body of Dean Randolph Jess is covered after he was shot by Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputies Friday in Billings. Jess escaped from the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge on Monday.

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The body of Dean Randolph Jess

The body of Dean Randolph Jess

The body of Dean Randolph Jess lies next to a Jeep after being shot by Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputies Friday in Billings. Jess escaped from the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge on Monday.

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The body of Dean Randolph Jess

The body of Dean Randolph Jess

The body of Dean Randolph Jess lies next to a Jeep after he was shot by Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputies Friday in Billings. Jess escaped from the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge on Monday.

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A Jeep and the body

A Jeep and the body

A Jeep and the body of Dean Randolph Jess is covered with a tarp after a rain shower moved across the area Friday.

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The shooting scene

The shooting scene

The shooting scene near King Avenue West is taped off Friday.

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The body of Dean Randolph Jess

The body of Dean Randolph Jess

The body of Dean Randolph Jess is secured after he was shot by Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputies Friday in Billings. Jess escaped from the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge on Monday.

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