by: Donald Cyphers Investigative Reporter
Syndicated by: Montana News
Date & Time of Incident: 6-7-17 11:55 PM
Type of Incident: shooting/DUI/Accident
According to Billings Police Sergeant. P.Curry, Police responded to a shooting report in the area of the 900 block of 4th Ave North.
Upon Arriving Billings Officers located a 25 year old white female that was stopped and parked in her vehicle in the 1100 block of 4th Ave North area.
The female shooting victim was driving a 2016 Honda had been shot at by a man in a red pickup. The woman shooting victim sustained a non- life threatening injury which appeared to be caused by a bullet .
The female was transported to the hospital by ambulance but according to the hospital has been released after injury was treated.
Billings Police immediately located the suspect vehicle near the Metra Park driving a 2015 Red Ford F-150 pickup.
The Billings Police attempted to stop the red pickup but the male driver of that red pickup refused to comply or even respond to the Police emergency lights.
The male suspect continued to elude Officers for approximately 3-5 blocks until it crashed into a light pole at the intersection of 6th North and 4th Ave. then crashing again into a parked 2000 model green pick-up where a man from North Dakota who was sleeping off his drunk was parked at 1511 6th Ave North parking lot.
The force of that crash forced both trucks into the building at 1511 6th Ave North.
The occupant of the green pick-up was a male, white, and 21 years old. He had minor injuries and was transported to hospital by ambulance and was treated and released
The suspect driver of the red truck was cleared by medical at the crash scene and then was arrested and charged and taken to jail for further investigation and processing, The suspect is described as a 50 year old white male, the investigation currently is ongoing. The Driver of the red pickup was charged with multiple felony charges.
According to the Montana News Investigative reporter, the man that was driving the red 2015 pickup was from Oklahoma and the 21-year-old man that was ran into by the red pickup was actually sleeping in the parking lot in front of the Frame shop. He was drunk and sleeping off his intoxication..
Once Billings Police were able to the the man out of the red pickup they discovered that he was larger than any of the Billings Police Officers. A VERY big man. A light pole was hit and taken out on fourth and 6th street intersection.
According to John Armstrong who's office building and property was damaged, He stated to the Montana News Investigative reporter " that in the past, he has asked Mumford why the City can not put in a stop light and slow the traffic down? Mumford told him, that the city of Billings wants 6th ave North to have free flowing traffic."
Speeds on that road are as high as 50 or 60 miles per hour stated John Armstrong. Fellow neighbors concurred that the City has a big problem with the traffic. According to one of Armstrong's neighbor friends who live close to the crime scene, he stated that Billings Police Chief Rich St. John is the problem in this city.
He specifically remembers St. John telling him directly along with others that were present that he does not have traffic cops and has no intention of making his officers traffic cops, and that he has more important things for his officers to be involved with. Needless to say, this neighborhood is not pleased with the Billings Police Chief Rich St. John . But then again, neither are the bulk of the Billings Residences either