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Billings police standoff ends in arrest, homicide investigation

Billings police on the scene of a standoff in Midtown.
Orlinda Worthington
Yellowstone Public Radio
Billings police on the scene of a standoff in Midtown.

A police standoff at a residence in central Billings overnight ended with a suspect taken into custody.

The Billings Police Department responded to reports of a shooting at about 6 p.m. Sunday night. A male victim was taken to the hospital and other residents fled the scene. The suspect barricaded himself inside and continued shooting, according to police.

After a standoff lasting several hours, officers located the suspect and took him into custody “without any further injury or shots being fired.”

Police say the initial investigation shows the male suspect shot a second victim in the same area, stole the victim’s vehicle and was later involved in a crash when he entered the residence.

Police say there doesn’t appear to be a connection between the suspect and any of the victims.

The unnamed suspect is being detained on suspicion of deliberate homicide, attempted deliberate homicide and robbery.

Nadya joined Yellowstone Public Radio as news director in October 2021. Before coming to YPR, she spent six years as digital news editor/reporter for the NPR affiliate in Wichita, Kansas, where her work earned several Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards and a regional Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Social Media. Originally from Texas, Nadya has lived and worked in Colorado, Illinois, Washington, D.C.; and North Dakota. She lives in Billings with her cat, Dragon, and dog, Trooper, and enjoys hiking, crocheting, and traveling as often as possible.
Orlinda Worthington hosts “Morning Edition” weekdays on YPR. She brings 20 years of experience as Montana television news anchor, producer, and reporter.