A Gallatin County Sheriff's deputy was involved in the fatal shooting of a person Saturday morning during an armed standoff near Belgrade.
The shooting happened on Andrea Drive west of Belgrade, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
Few details about the incident were available as of 11:30 a.m. but the release said it happened during the standoff between the person and area law enforcement.
The victim's name, age and sex have not been released.
"These sorts of situations are unfortunately part of the job for our people," Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell said in the release. "Every day when our deputies go on shift they never know when they are going to be faced with a life threatening situation. That is why we train so hard and so consistently."
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It wasn't immediately clear what led to the stand-off. The Montana Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation and the Park County Coroner's Office is in charge of the case.
The release said that once DCI wraps up its investigation, the Park County Coroner will hold a coroner's inquest, which is required by law whenever somebody dies during interactions with law enforcement.
The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office's investigation will take several weeks to complete, the release said. The deputy involved in the shooting is on paid administrative leave pending the sheriff's office's review of the incident.
"Our goal here is to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation," Cashell said. "At the same time, (we will) work with those involved to make sure that any support needed is provided. And our work continues. Your deputies are on the job today, like every other day, to make sure our community is safe."