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By: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Syndicated by: Montana News
Billings man, Roderick Marshall Benson, was arrested and charged with Assault with a weapon (2) counts and disorderly conduct.
On September 5, 2019, Billings Police Officer Peterson, was dispatched to an address located in Sioux Lane. A 911 caller reported a possible domestic disturbance.
According to Roderick Benson's wife S.H., she stated that she and her husband were in a verbal argument. Benson left the property in his van and parked it near the Arrowhead Park.
A short time later according to Officer Peterson, w male exited out of the van and walked to a nearby home.
Billings Police Officer Peterson believed that the man was Roderick Marshall Benson.
Officer Peterson walked up to the home also and knocked on the door. Benson answered the door and appeared to be very agitated.
Benson told Officer Peterson that "the only good cop is a dead cop."
Officer Peterson asked Benson to leave the property. Benson refused and stated that "this was his home and he did not have to go. "
Benson closed the door on Officer Peterson's face. Officer Peterson left the property and returned to his patrol car.
Officer Peterson drove his patrol vehicle to the corner of Flathead Street and Sioux Lane to complete his paperwork on the incident.
As Officer Peterson was working on his paperwork, he heard and observed Benson yelling racial slurs at three black men walking in the park.
The three black men walked away from Benson as they did not want a confrontation with Benson.
As Officer Peterson completed his paperwork, he decided to drive Westbound on Sioux lane. As he did so, the 911 dispatch advised him that a male suspect in the Arrowhead Park had attacked three black men with an ax.
Officer Peterson returned to the Arrowhead Park area and observed Benson pacing back and forth in his driveway, holding an ax in his hands.
Upon confronting Benson Officer Peterson was told by Benson that the Black men had attacked him for unknown reasons. Benson was acting very angry and agitated according to Officer Peterson.
Officer Peterson detained Benson and placed him in the back of his patrol car.
Billings Police Officers Puckett and Messerschmidt arrived to assist Officer Peterson.
At the park several young men had been playing basketball hoops at the park.
Benson attacked them.
Benson started yelling racial slurs calling the men "Niggers" "I got something for you."
Benson ran towards the young men swinging an ax at them trying to injure them. The young men were afraid for their lives and ran.
Benson arrested without incident was transported to the Yellowstone County Detention Center.
This article was published by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter License# USPA-ID-US/VI-01/29995