A high-speed chase on Friday, Sept. 4, resulted in an officer involved shooting of the suspect who was driving a stolen vehicle. The incident is currently under investigation of the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation.

Glacier County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) Public Information Officer Judd Milender, was cleared to release the following information late Monday morning, Sept. 7.

On Sept. 4, 2020 Glacier County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services (BLES) with a pursuit of a stolen vehicle. The driver of the vehicle had also committed offenses in Browning. The pursuit was terminated in Valier, Mont., when the suspect drove into a dead end. The suspect exited the vehicle and was confronted by a GCSO deputy. The suspect brandished a knife and the deputy fired his service weapon hitting the suspect. 

The suspect was immediately rendered aid by GCSO deputies and BLES officers. The suspect was then transported to Benefis in Great Falls for treatment. As of Monday, Sept. 7, the suspect was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Benefis.

Pondera County Sheriff’s Office secured the scene and requested agents from the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) respond to the scene. DCI took over the investigation and is currently actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the officer involved shooting. 

The deputy involved has been placed on administrative leave, as is protocol in officer involved shootings, pending the outcome of DCI’s investigation. 

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