As of July 1, deliberate homicide charges in Billings have almost doubled over last year, according to data from the 2019 BPD Annual Report.
- April 26: Micah Aaron Myron, a 50-year-old Billings resident, was fatally shot in the chest while in front of a residence on South 31st Street. Myron's killing was the first fatal shooting of 2020 in Billings. A Billings man driving a vehicle of interest has been charged with attempted deliberate homicide for shooting a man in Butte, but so far has not faced charges related to Myron's death.
- April 27: Brett Ness, a 24-year-old Billings resident, was found lying in the driveway of his Florine Lane home with a gunshot wound to his head. He later died at the hospital. An ongoing investigation into his killing has led to multiple arrests.
- May 15: Kenneth Cobb, a 33-year-old Billings resident, was fatally shot in the chest while at a Billings residence. Robert Webster Knight Jr., 62, has been accused of killing Cobb. Knight has been charged with deliberate homicide.
- May 15: Jennifer McCollum, a 34-year-old Ballantine resident, was found dead inside her home. Police arrested her ex-boyfriend Steven Craig Phillips. Phillips, 37, has been charged with deliberate homicide for her death. Phillips is accused of beating and stabbing McCollum during a fatal assault. He has pleaded not guilty.
- May 23: Police arrested a man a block away from the location of a reported stabbing near First Avenue North and North 10th Street. A male victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
- May 26: A 31-year-old man panhandling near the Albertsons on North 27th Street was stabbed in the upper chest by a 26-year-old man, police said. On May 28, police said the victim was not cooperating, no charges were pending, and the investigation was classified as deactivated.
- May 31: Andrew Clonce and Kira Ostman, both age 34, were found dead in their Billings home after police responded to a report of a shooting. Their deaths are being investigated as a homicide-suicide. The Yellowstone County coroner has said that Clonce died by suicide and Ostman's cause of death was homicide.
- June 5: On a Friday afternoon a man with a gunshot wound in his abdomen flagged down a Yellowstone County Sheriff's Deputy at the intersection of Broadwater Avenue and 13th Street West.
- June 6: A 19-year-old man who had been shot was found by police in North Park at about 10 p.m. and then taken by ambulance to an area hospital.
- June 12: Leon Gerald Gustafson, a 37-year-old Billings resident, was fatally stabbed inside a home on the 600 block of Terry Avenue. A 38-year-old woman, Charlotte Rodarte-Spang, has been charged with deliberate homicide for Gustafson's death. Rodarte-Spang has pleaded not guilty.
- June 16: Kellen Fortune, a 19-year-old who was wanted in Colorado in connection with a homicide was fatally shot by law enforcement. The shooting happened on the 700 block of Cook Avenue. Police have said that Fortune was killed after an exchange of gunfire with members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force. Six members of the U.S. Marshals Service fired their weapons. It has yet to be made public whether Fortune or law enforcement began shooting first.
- June 29: A Yellowstone County Sheriff's Deputy shot 32-year-old Billings resident David Fasthorse at a Town Pump Gas Station on the West End. Law enforcement have accused Fasthorse of ramming an unmarked police car and hitting the deputy while the deputy was on foot before driving into oncoming traffic, and then attempting to steal an occupied vehicle at a Taco Bell.
- June 29: A 17-year-old boy from Billings allegedly shot a 16-year-old boy from Billings in the chest. The shooting occurred somewhere on the 200 block of Prickett Lane. The 17-year-old is being held by Youth Services and has been charged with assault with a weapon.
- June 29: A 57-year-old man was stabbed multiple times while in downtown Billings just before midnight. The stabbing is believed to have happened somewhere on the 2800 block of Second Avenue North. The victim was found at First Avenue North and Broadway. He was taken to an area hospital with stab wounds to the torso and neck. Police have asked for help identifying a suspect.
July 6: A 21-year-old Billings man died after being shot while in the Billings Heights, according to the Billings Police Department. The alleged shooter, a 52-year-old man from Billings, was interviewed and released, BPD Lt. Brandon Wooley said in a press release issued Tuesday morning.
- July 11: Two women were hospitalized after being stabbed during an altercation on the Rims. A 25-year-old woman was identified and later arrested, according the Billings police Sgt. Ben Milam.
- July 22: Two men apparently forced their way into a Rodeway Inn room and struggled with a man in the room. At some point during the incident a gun fired. Two men left the area after. The victim was taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to his hand.
- Aug. 5: Police responded to reports of shots fired between an SUV and a resident of a home on the 1100 block of Custer Avenue around 5 p.m. No one was injured in the shooting, and Paul Underwood, 26, "peacefully surrendered" to police after several minutes. No other arrests had been made. The shooting did not appear to be a "random act of violence," police said; it is likely the shooters knew each other.
- Aug. 6-7: A 60-year-old Yellowstone County man saw two men trying to steal an ATV ramp from his vehicle and chased after them. During the pursuit, a man in the passenger seat apparently shot at the 60-year-old man, leaving him with an injury that wasn't life-threatening. It's possible the two men then split up, as one may have stolen a white pickup. The blue pickup suspected in the ATV theft was then found abandoned in a backyard of a Heights home, spurring a manhunt in the Alkali Creek area. Residents of the neighborhood were encouraged to lock their doors and shelter in place for several hours until police called off the hunt, unsuccessful in the search. Later that evening a man who was considered a person of interest in the case was arrested near the search area on a probation violation. The white pickup had not been found, and at least one suspect remained at large. On Aug. 7, police asked the public for help finding Brian Prettyweasel, 32, who is also suspected in the case. Prettyweasel is also a suspect in another car theft and shooting in Big Horn County early Aug. 7, according to the sheriff's office.
- Aug. 7: A shooting around 2:30 p.m. in front of a Lockwood home sent one man to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. A man who lives on the 1000 block of Noblewood Drive was in custody after the shooting, and deputies continued to investigate. As of Aug. 9 no arrests had been made and the shooting remained under investigation, according to Sheriff Mike Linder.
- Aug. 8: A 25-year-old Billings resident, Christian Skylar Henning, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the West End Dairy Queen around 1 p.m. He died of multiple gunshot wounds. That same day, police arrested a suspect, Rahim Lee Calloway, who called police to turn himself in. Police and the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office made the arrest on the 3000 block of Boulder Avenue. Police were told that Henning and Calloway had been feuding over Facebook about a "music recording altercation," but that things seemed to have settled down before Henning went to meet Calloway at the fast food restaurant. Henning was shot multiple times and found dead in his vehicle.
- Aug. 15: A 37-year-old woman and a dog were injured in a shooting on the 800 block of Wyoming Avenue around 1 a.m.
- Aug. 15: A house party at the corner of 15th Street West and Crawford Drive ended with an exchange of gunfire. An argument between two groups at the party led to two people firing at one another. There were no injuries, and no arrests were made that day. Billings police were searching for one suspect, though there appeared to be no immediate threat to the public.
- Sept. 6: Adrian Brian Goodbear, 26, was found dead in his car behind the Rodeway Inn, 1315 N. 27th Street. The coroner said he bled to death there from a wound to his arm. He had apparently driven himself there after an alleged altercation with 26-year-old Adriano Fowler, who was charged with deliberate homicide.
- Sept. 21: In the Heights a 43-year-old man was shot to death early in the morning following what police described as an argument in the backyard of a home. Police questioned the shooter, but on the morning of the incident made no arrest. The shooting was the 11th homicide of the year.
- Oct. 4: A 32-year-old Billings man was fatally shot in the head after arguing with his neighbor. Police initially said the man killed had been walking his dog on the other man's property before the argument began. Police recovered two handguns at the scene. One belonged to the shooter. The other to the man killed. Police said in a subsequent press release that initial information suggested a physical altercation between the two men before the shooting. As of Oct. 6 the investigation was ongoing but no arrests had been made. Police had detained, questioned and released the shooter, who was described as a 30-year-old Billings resident.
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