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Details released in Glasgow shooting
Melissa Greenhage waskilled in a sniper-style shooting in the Glasgow hospital's parking lot had just returned from an emergency call.

UPDATE 5:30 p.m. :

A married couple wounded in a fatal shooting of Melissa Greenhagen in Glasgow over the weekend has been identified as Scott and Suzanne Billingsley, of Glasgow.

Samar Fay, Valley County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman and editor of the Glasgow Courier, said the suspect in the shooting, who died after a shootout with law enforcement, was identified at about noon today, but his name is being withheld until his family is notified.

An autopsy was performed in Billings and his fingerprints were sent to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, which provided a positive identification.

Greenhagen, 37, was fatally shot in the chest in the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital parking lot late Saturday afternoon. She was a new emergency medical technician at the hospital.

The Billingsleys were shot when they came to her aid. Scott Billingsley was treated and released from the hospital. Suzanne, who works there as a nurse, remained there as of 5 p.m.

According to an Associated Press report, the man used a gravel slope for cover while he exchanged gunfire with law en-forcement, which arrived shortly after the shootings, for about half an hour.

Initial reports indicated 35 to 40 officers were involved in the shootout, but Glasgow Police Chief Lyndon Erickson said Tues-day that the number at the hospital was smaller.

"We had a tremendous response from all branches of law enforcement to our call for assistance in the search for the suspect, but to place all the officers who helped with the search at the crime scene is simply not accurate," he said.

The man then fled and, after a search involving several law enforcement agencies, officers tracked him to a house near the hospital. He "died of gunshot wounds," according to a press release from the Glasgow Police Department and the Valley County Sheriff’s Office.

"The weapons and additional evidence from the crime scene will be submitted to the state crime laboratory in Missoula for testing," the release states. "Until that testing is complete, it is not possible to know the exact circumstances of the suspect’s death."

An officer from the Glasgow Police Department and a deputy from the sheriff’s office were placed on administrative leave after the shootings. The deputy was released from administrative leave after an autopsy of the shooter was performed.

Greenhagen was a mother of four and also the clerk of district court.

Authorities hope to release more information about the shooting Wednesday.

"We also appreciate people’s patience and understanding while we conduct our investigation," Sheriff Glen Meier said. "We cannot release more details when we don’t have all the facts yet. Until all the evidence is in, a lot of the information that’s circu-lating is pure speculation."


UPDATE 7:30 a.m. :

GREAT FALLS - The woman killed in a sniper-style shooting in the Glasgow hospital's parking lot had just returned from an emergency call when she was shot in the back, a hospital official said Monday.

The victim, 37-year-old Melissa Greenhagen, was a part-time emergency medical technician, Valley County's clerk of state District Court and a mother of three.

She was part of a team that had just returned to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital from an emergency call Saturday evening, and was walking to her car when she was fatally shot, said Clay Berger, the hospital's emergency medical services director.

Authorities say a female nurse and her husband were wounded after rushing to Greenhagen's aid. Their names have not been released.

Berger told the Great Falls Tribune that after the man shot Greenhagen and the two others, he positioned himself on a gravel slope and exchanged gunfire with as many as 30 officers. The shootout lasted roughly half an hour, he said.

The man then ran along the banks of the Milk River to a nearby house. Police tracked him the house, and the man died following a second gunfight with officers. Authorities have declined to provide additional details about how his death.

Investigators on Monday were still trying to identify the suspect, whose body was taken to the state crime lab.

Meanwhile, friends and co-workers said Greenhagen became certified as an EMT in December, taking on the job as another way to serve her community. The mother of three boys and one girl also volunteered with Boy Scouts and the Hi-Line Hockey Association.

Glasgow has about 3,500 residents and is about 50 miles south of the Canadian border.

Glasgow shooting victim was mother of 4

By The Associated Press

GREAT FALLS - The woman killed in a sniper-style shooting in the Glasgow hospital's parking lot had just returned from an emergency call when she was shot in the back, a hospital official said Monday.

The victim, 37-year-old Melissa Greenhagen, was a part-time emergency medical technician, Valley County's clerk of state District Court and a mother of four.

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She was part of a team that had just returned to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital from an emergency call Saturday evening and was walking to her car when she was fatally shot, said Clay Berger, the hospital's emergency medical services director.

Authorities say a female nurse and her husband were wounded after rushing to Greenhagen's aid. Their names have not been released.

Hospital locked down

The three victims were shot about 50 yards from the hospital's emergency room entrance. The hospital was locked down until about 1 a.m. with about 40 to 50 staff members and an undetermined number of patients inside.

Berger told the Great Falls Tribune that after a man shot Greenhagen and the two others, he positioned himself on a gravel slope and exchanged gunfire with as many as 30 officers. The shootout lasted roughly half an hour, he said.

The man then ran along the banks of the Milk River to a nearby house. Police tracked him and engaged in a second gunfight, after which the man was found dead.

Investigators on Monday were still trying to identify the suspect, whose body was taken to the state crime lab.

Greenhagen's body will also be taken to the crime lab.

Glasgow Police Chief Lyndon Erickson and Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier said they have requested assistance from the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.

Serving the community

Friends and co-workers said Greenhagen became certified as an EMT in December, taking on the job as another way to serve her community.

The mother of three boys and one girl also volunteered with Boy Scouts and the Hi-Line Hockey Association.

Glasgow has about 3,500 residents and is about 50 miles south of the Canadian border.

Authorities locked down the hospital and a nearby high school basketball game following the shooting and suspended train traffic along the BNSF railway until the suspect was found.

Meier and Erickson said it was the first homicide in the Glasgow area in 15 years.

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