Billings Police Department provides information on December 8th officer involved shooting


On 12/08/2020 at about 2:59 PM, Officers with the Billings Police Department (BPD) responded to the 600 Block of Clause Circle as a result of a shots fired call involving members of the US Marshals (USM) Montana Violent Offender Task Force (MVOTF).

Members of the MVOTF had attempted to arrest 36 year old, Richard Martinez for valid warrants. Preliminary information indicates Martinez allegedly drove at member(s) of the task force. A member of the MVOTF fired at Martinez.

Martinez was transported by ambulance to a local medical facility where he was treated for a gunshot wound and released. Martinez is currently in custody at YCDF for outstanding warrants and a new Felony charge of Assault on a Peace Officer.

There were no other reported injuries. The BPD Investigations Division will be take a lead role into the investigation of the shooting. No BPD Officers were involved.

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