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Coroner identifies Billings homicide victim

Coroner identifies Billings homicide victim

Homicide scene

Billings police investigate a homicide scene in the alley on the 4100 block of King Avenue East Sunday morning. A 30 year old man was shot in the alley at 1 a.m. and transported by family to a local hospital where he died. No suspects have been arrested at this time according to Billings police Sgt. Ben Milam at the scene.

The man who died after Sunday after arriving at a Billings hospital with a gunshot wound has been identified by the Yellowstone County coroner.

The victim was Waylon Willie Bearground, a 30-year-old Lodge Grass man, according to Yellowstone County Coroner Cliff Mahoney.

Police were first alerted of a gunshot victim being treated at about 1:14 a.m., according to a press release from Billings Police Department Lt. Brandon Wooley.

The police investigation into the homicide remains active. Wooley said police determined the crime scene to be on the 4100 block of King Avenue East. The shooting happened outside a residence, and police believe the victim and shooter have some sort of association and there was "some type of altercation," according to Wooley. 

No arrests had been made or charges filed as of Tuesday morning.

Bearground's killing is the 14th homicide in Billings this year. 

Police are also continuing to investigate a separate shooting that happened early Sunday morning sometime after Bearground was shot. 

At about 2:20 a.m. police were dispatched to the 200 block of Terry Avenue where they found a 27-year-old man with a gunshot wound lying in the front yard of a residence, according to Wooley.

The man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. BPD detectives are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 406-657-8473.


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