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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.

A man shot by a Yellowstone County sheriff's deputy in Lockwood on Sunday morning was armed but did not fire his handgun before two officers opened fire at his front door, Sheriff Mike Linder said Monday.

The man, whose identity has not been released, is being treated for a single gunshot wound at a local hospital and was expected to survive, according to a press release issued Sunday afternoon by Linder.

Linder did not yet have an update on the man's condition Monday afternoon. Detectives will interview the man within the next day or two once doctors determine the man is stable enough for questioning, Linder said.

The shooting took place shortly after officers responded at around 6:30 a.m. to a report of a suicidal man at a residence on the 1900 block of Canary Avenue, Linder previously stated.

After reviewing video footage taken from the dash-cam of the patrol car and audio captured by one of the two deputies at the scene, Linder said Monday that a total of four shots were fired — two shots by each deputy.

Both officers fired Glock .45 handguns, he said.

"Because it's dark, you don't see much. You see the deputy's flashlight shining on the house and the door. You can see the door open," Linder said Monday. "It looks like the door opens twice. The second time the door opens, that's when you hear a real brief, something was said ... and in less than four seconds, four shots were fired."

It wasn't clear from the dash-cam footage which officer appeared to fire the shot that hit the man, Linder said. He wasn't certain where on his body the man was shot.

The two deputies who fired their weapons were identified Sunday as Tyler Sennett and Brendan Trujillo.

Sheriff's office detectives are conducting the investigation into the shooting, and Linder said both deputies have been interviewed, although he had not yet reviewed the contents of those interviews.

The man was the only person at the residence when the shooting took place, Linder said previously.

While the man appeared at the door armed with a handgun, Linder said he wasn't yet certain whether the man pointed or raised the gun in the direction of the deputies before they fired.

"If he brought the gun up to point at the deputies, that's assault," Linder said.

He added, "There's no danger to the public at this time. It was isolated to the residence there, and evidence was recovered at the scene."

The man has not been charged with any crimes. A decision on whether to press charges would ultimately be up to the Yellowstone County Attorney's Office once the investigation is complete, Linder said.


Morning Reporter

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