On 06/29/2020 at about 4:05 PM, Officers with the Billings Police Department (BPD) Street Crimes Unit (SCU) were following a stolen vehicle that stopped at the gas station at 3150 King Ave West.
While the stolen vehicle was stopped at the gas pump, members of the BPD SCU assisted by a Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Deputy used their vehicles to block the stolen vehicle. The stolen vehicle driven by a 32 year old Billings man rammed an unmarked police vehicle and drove directly at and made contact with the Deputy. The deputy discharged is firearm at the vehicle. BPD Officers did not fire their weapons.
The stolen vehicle fled the area eastbound on King West with an SCU Officer in pursuit. The SCU Officer lost sight of the stolen vehicle. A short time later marked BPD Units located the stolen vehicle in the area of Laurel Road and pursued the vehicle to the area of Amend Park where the stolen vehicle crashed into a ditch.
The 32 year old driver fled on foot to the area of the Taco Bell located at 749 Commerce way, where he proceeded to attempt to steal an occupied truck. BPD Officers were able to take the suspect into custody without further incident.
The 32 year old suspect was transported to a local medical facility by ambulance for injuries sustained in the incident to include at least one (1) gunshot wound.
A passenger in the stolen vehicle, 23 year old female from Billings, was transported to a local medical facility for treatment of injuries. It is unknown at this time whether the passenger’s injuries are related to gunfire, the accident, or both.