Shooting Death Deemed Justifiable - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Shooting Death Deemed Justifiable

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS, Mont. -

The investigation into a sheriff's deputy-involved shooting in May ends. New details were released into the murder of 49-year-old, Thomas Hilger.

Jurors said Sheriff's Deputy Martin Stuart was justified in shooting 49-year-old, Thomas Hilger, in Worden. Around 3:00 AM on Friday May 24th, deputies said they responded to a call involving Thomas Hilger trying to stage the death of his 22-year-old girlfriend, Erica Yurian. When deputies showed up near the 406 Bar in Worden, Hilger would not comply with officers, and he displayed a gun. That's when Sheriff's Deputy, Martin Stuart, fired two shots at Thomas Hilger. On shot was fired into his shoulder and the other went into his back. "The death was justifiable homicide, and the person it was caused by was Martin Stuart. And in the opinion of the jury it was not by criminal means," Big Horn County Coroner Terry Bullis said.

According to medical experts, Thomas Hilger died at St. Vincent Healthcare 12 hours after he was shot. According to Dr. Stephen Ball, Hilger admitted to murdering Erica Yurian.

Medical experts say 22-year-old Erica Yurian died at 10:00 PM on May 23rd from a gunshot wound to the head. Experts said it appeared Hilger had the gun pressed directly to the back of her head during the execution. When deputies responded to the scene hours after the murder, Hilger would not comply with officers, displayed a gun, and Deputy Stuart fired two shots.

Later, when Hilger was flown to St. Vincent Healthcare he denied surgery, and he told the anesthesiologist he had 'screwed up.' "Once that decision is made for D.N.I. or DNR it's left in the hands of an intensivist or the general surgeon taking care of him," Dr. Stephen Ball said.

According to medical experts, Hilger died at St. Vincent Healthcare 12 hours after he was initially shot. Doctors said if Hilger would have agreed to surgery, and he would have been paralyzed for life due to gunshot wounds to the spine.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Bull riding teen makes fast recovery

    Bull riding teen makes fast recovery

    Sunday, December 17 2017 12:29 AM EST2017-12-17 05:29:43 GMT
    Kenna HazenKenna Hazen

    With National Finals Rodeo week coming to an end, we wanted to check in with one teen bull rider who wants to tackle the world of professional bull riding with full speed. The last time we saw Kenna Hazen, she was in the hospital after a bull riding accident left her with severe injuries. Six months later we wondered how this tough teen is holding up. "Physically I'm working with my trainer, but shes out of town so she gave me a few things to do to work out...

    With National Finals Rodeo week coming to an end, we wanted to check in with one teen bull rider who wants to tackle the world of professional bull riding with full speed. The last time we saw Kenna Hazen, she was in the hospital after a bull riding accident left her with severe injuries. Six months later we wondered how this tough teen is holding up. "Physically I'm working with my trainer, but shes out of town so she gave me a few things to do to work out...

  • Wyoming conducts experiment to find out if lower speed limits reduce wildlife collisions

    Wyoming conducts experiment to find out if lower speed limits reduce wildlife collisions

    Friday, December 15 2017 11:52 PM EST2017-12-16 04:52:53 GMT
    Last winter, Wyoming’s Department of Transportation tried a new lower night-time speed limit on the Yellowstone Highway near Cody. Now the number of wildlife accidents are down on that road. A large herd of elk is a daily sight along highway 14/16/20 in Wapiti, west of Cody. Elk and deer spend time in hay fields near what locals call the North Fork, or the Yellowstone Highway. It is their winter range. In 2014, hunting and conservation organizations helped fund new billbo...
    Last winter, Wyoming’s Department of Transportation tried a new lower night-time speed limit on the Yellowstone Highway near Cody. Now the number of wildlife accidents are down on that road. A large herd of elk is a daily sight along highway 14/16/20 in Wapiti, west of Cody. Elk and deer spend time in hay fields near what locals call the North Fork, or the Yellowstone Highway. It is their winter range. In 2014, hunting and conservation organizations helped fund new billbo...
  • Yellowstone River Parks Association proposes new fishing-boat access

    Yellowstone River Parks Association proposes new fishing-boat access

    Friday, December 15 2017 9:15 PM EST2017-12-16 02:15:34 GMT

    The Yellowstone River Parks Association are making efforts to build a new fishing-boat access site on the Yellowstone River.

    The Yellowstone River Parks Association are making efforts to build a new fishing-boat access site on the Yellowstone River.