Coroner’s Jury Rules Police Shooting Justified
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A coroner's jury found a Billings police officer was justified in shooting a combative man who was high on methamphetamine and failed to comply with orders to get on the ground.
The Billings Gazette reports the seven-member jury deliberated for less than 10 minutes Wednesday before finding the Feb. 11 death of 32-year-old Jason James Shaw was a justifiable homicide.
Officer Grant Morrison testified had had stopped behind a car outside a suspected drug house. The car's owner had several arrest warrants. When backup arrived, Morrison went up to the car and Shaw got out of the back seat.
Morrison testified he saw the butt of a gun in Shaw's pocket and that he shot him when he reached for the weapon, which was a BB gun replica of a law enforcement handgun.