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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 shooting review panel has cleared two Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputies after they shot a Lockwood man in January. The case is now being reviewed by the county attorney’s office.

A panel of mostly law enforcement officials was convened to review the officer-involved shooting from Jan. 21.

The shooting occurred when 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.

The man, whose identity has not been released, appeared at the front door holding a handgun. Sheriff Mike Linder said Tuesday that the man was raising the gun as the two deputies fired.

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 that a total of four shots were fired — two shots by each deputy.

Both officers fired Glock .45 handguns, he said.

The man was taken to a hospital with a single gunshot wound and was expected to survive.

Reached Tuesday, Linder did not have current information on the man’s medical status or whether he had been released from the hospital. The man’s attorney requested sheriff’s officials not contact the man, Linder said, so he has not been interviewed in the month since the shooting.

The shooting review panel concluded that Deputies Tyler Sennett and Brendan Trujillo acted in accordance with Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office policies.

The panel was tasked with determining if the deputies involved had followed relevant sheriff’s office policies during the encounter. The panel reviewed reports, statements and videos from the case.

The shooting review panel was made up of Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dan Paris and Sgt. Tony Watson, Probation and Parole Supervisor Chris Evans, who is also a firearms instructor, Captain Kevin Iffland of the Billings Police Department and Jeff Isom, a local contractor and civilian firearms instructor.


Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.