Billings Police Officer Involved Shooting At Billings Days In

October 28, 2016





Corrupt Police Chief Rich St. John Talking......provided 2 days later to the Montana News, by Lt Neil Lawrence.

"Good morning.  The purpose of this press conference is to provide preliminary information on an officer involved shooting that took place early this morning at the Days Inn located at 843 Parkway Lane.

At approximately 4:00 A. M., communications center personnel received a call from the night clerk reporting that a white male in his early 30’s had walked into the lobby area carrying a magazine for a semi-automatic handgun.  The caller further reported that the subject was acting “strange.”  Specifically, talking to himself, making nonsensical statements, and was looking at all the security cameras.

Officers were dispatched and the clerk hung up the phone.
Shortly thereafter and prior to officers’ arrival, the night clerk called back and reported that the subject was now brandishing a handgun.  Again, the subject was behaving strangely, threatened the clerk, got behind the front counter, and at one point put the gun to his head.

The clerk was able to get out of the office area and officers arrived within two minutes of the original call.  

Responding officers found the subject behind the front counter with the door closed.  They could see a semi-automatic handgun in his possession.

  Officers isolated the incident to the front lobby/office area and took measures to keep guests away and safe.

For approximately 20 minutes, officers attempted to convince the subject to move away from, or put the gun down and come out of the office.  The subject was not cooperative and displayed erratic and at times volatile behavior.  Dialogue was difficult as most things he said did not make sense.

Approximately 15 minutes later, a BPD negotiator arrived and attempted to talk to the subject.  He was not successful for the same reasons previously mentioned.  

While officers were trying to negotiate, the subject was sitting at the security console scrolling through camera views and could see where officers were positioned.  He also made statements that he was going to start shooting.  

Approximately 20 minutes in, the subject, who at the time was sitting at the computer with his back to the lobby stood up and began to turn. Officers saw that he had the handgun in his left hand and yelled at him to stop.  As he turned toward officers positioned in the lobby, Officer David Raschkow, a seven-year veteran, a fired three rounds from his patrol rifle and struck the suspect in the chest.

Officers outside the Days Inn closed on the office window and saw that the subject was down and that the gun was away and on the floor.  Officers opened the office door, pulled the conscious and talking suspect out and administered first aid until medical arrived.  

The suspect was transported to St. V’s were he later died from his wounds.  No officers or civilians were injured.          

Investigators from the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office, supported by BPD investigators, will handle the investigation.  

The deceased is a 32 year old M/W Wyoming resident.  His identity will be withheld until notifications are made by the Coroner.      

 Pursuant to policy, Officer Raschkow was placed on administrative leave pending investigation by detectives.  Additionally, there will be an independent review and oversight by the Office of Professional Standards.  

There will be a critical incident debriefing for involved officers, dispatchers, medical personnel at a later date.  

Officer Raschkow will meet with a mental health professional before returning to duty.  All of these actions are required by policy.  

Questions ?"



End of Press Conference.....



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