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The Billings Police Department is investigating an incident at the Rimrock Mall where a man shot at the car of suspected shoplifters.

Police were dispatched to the Rimrock Mall at about 5:40 p.m. after a person fired several shots at the tires of a vehicle, according to a BPD press release written by Sgt. Matt Chaney. 

At the scene, Chaney described the person as a man.

The man had previously confronted a male and female suspect in the parking lot who were "in the process of shoplifting," and told them they could not leave and positioned himself behind their car, according to the release. 

"The citizen was open carrying a sidearm and told the suspects if they tried to run him over he would shoot them," the release says. "The suspects attempted to back into the citizen who pulled his sidearm and fired several shots into the tires of the vehicle." 

The suspect vehicle, a black 2009 Buick Enclave, drove away southbound. The man who fired the shots was questioned at the scene and released. The investigation is ongoing, according to the release. 

Asked to clarify if BPD was investigating the shoplifting or the shooting, Chaney said "We're investigating all of it." 

Officers could be seen taking photos in an area of the parking lot near the front of the J.C. Penney department store. 

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Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.