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According to the Yellowstone County Sheriff Department, Sheriff Mike Linder stated that at approximately 9:00 this morning, Deputies were dispatched to the 7000 block of Highway 312, for a reported theft and shooting. While in route to the scene, a Yellowstone County Deputy spotted the suspect vehicle going the other direction.
The Deputy and other officers pursued the vehicle, a blue Toyota pickup, but they eventually lost it in the heights. The vehicle was located a short time later, in a yard on Sahara drive.
Law enforcement converged on the location, and conducted a thorough search of the area. At the time of this release, a suspect has not been apprehended.
Law enforcement Officers from the Sheriff’s Office and BPD, including tactical teams, along with MHP Troopers were engaged in the search all morning.
There are at least two suspects involved in this incident. It is unknown if there are others.
The incident started when a Yellowstone County resident, in his 60s witnessed someone stealing an ATV ramp from his vehicle. The owner attempted to pursue the suspect vehicle when the passenger in the suspect vehicle fired a gun at him. The man was hit by one of the bullets and received what appears to be a non-life threatening injury. His condition is not known at the time of this release.
Shortly after the incident on Hwy 312, a vehicle was stolen from a residence on Cline Road, which runs off Hwy 312. A witness reported seeing a vehicle matching the shooting suspects blue Toyota pickup, leaving the driveway of the residence where a white Ford pickup was stolen. The vehicle that was stolen from the residence on Cline Rd. is described as a white 2016 Ford F350 4 door flatbed pickup. The pickup has a black, heavy-duty front bumper and grill guard. The flatbed has a hydraulic bale handler. The white pickup was last seen headed towards Billings on Hwy 312, shortly after 9:00 this morning.
There is little doubt that these incidents and the people involved are connected. Anyone with information about these incidents, or who may observe suspicious activity or persons in this area, are asked to call City County Dispatch at 657-8200 to have an officer dispatched. Calling 911 is also an option.
Sheriff Mike Linde