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Police used patrol rifles in officer-involved shooting

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Wednesday, KULR-8 told you about an officer-involved shooting at the Lazy K-T Motel.

Police officers used their patrol rifles instead of handguns to alleviate the threat from a man armed with a shotgun. KULR 8 spoke with Administrative Lieutenant Neil Lawrence who said police used AR-15 style semi-automatic rifles. He said officers have to take a patrol rifle class and complete the course to be able to carry and use the weapons.

Lawrence said it was reported that the suspect had a shotgun and the officers had to engage the suspect with an advantage. He said the rifles used were necessary for this situation.

"The weapon is also designed to be used at close distance," Lt. Lawrence said. "Which is what took place the other night. It wasn't a very far distance between the suspect and the officers. Again, just a more higher powered fire arm that we can utilize to better protect our officers and to end a deadly situation."

Lieutenant Lawrence said handgun accuracy decreases when distances increase and that is very dangerous for the officers involved in the shooting.

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