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Officer Involved Shooting Deemed Justified

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A jury in the Coroner's Inquest says a Billings Police Officer was justified in a shooting that killed a man on Custer Avenue back in February.

On day two of the Coroner's Inquest, Detective Chartier testified that Officer Grant Morrison had no other option but to shoot 32-year-old Jason Shaw, and that Morrison followed proper training. Video surveillance taken from Morrison's patrol car shows Morrison issuing commands to Shaw, who appears to refuse cooperate. Surveillance goes on to show Morrison attempting to taser Shaw, with testimony indicating Shaw began to reach for what looked like a firearm. It was later discovered to be a BB gun replica of a P99 handgun.

Morrison fired one shot at Shaw, who later died from the wound to his stomach. Officer Morrison testified that over the course of a couple weeks before the shooting, he had been watching the home on Custer for drug trafficking activity. Shaw was found with a bag of Methamphetamine on him the night he was killed, and with an extremely large dose of Methamphetamine in his system, which the pathologist says would explain Shaw's aggressive and uncooperative behavior.

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