The Billings Police Department continued to search Monday for two men who left the scene of a three-vehicle accident in the Heights on Sunday.
According to police reports, the two men were in a dark-blue Chevy truck that pulled up next to two men in a Jeep Cherokee on Bench Boulevard at about 6:30 p.m. The passenger in the truck brandished a gun, and the driver took off, driving down Bench Boulevard. The driver of the Jeep pursued them, and both vehicles were traveling at high speed, said Sgt. Shawn Finnegan.
The Chevy collided with a two-tone Ford truck in the intersection of Bench Boulevard and Hilltop Road. The Jeep rear-ended the Chevy. The occupants of the Chevy took off on foot and have been missing since.
"Witnesses said they heard at least one gunshot," Finnegan said.
Two girls, ages 7 and 8, who were in the Ford truck with their father, were injured and taken to St. Vincent Healthcare where they were later released. The passenger in the Jeep, Philip Champagne, was also injured and taken to Billings Clinic, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
The driver of the Jeep, Jose Palacios, received several traffic citations, including one for reckless driving, driving while suspended and no vehicle insurance.
Police dispatched a K-9 unit to search for the occupants of the Chevy truck, and the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office is assisting in the search.
The Chevy truck that the two men abandoned was impounded, and police have attempted to contact the registered owner.