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Man shot after pointing replica gun at police officer ID’d

February 17, 2022 GMT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings man who was shot and killed after pointing a pellet gun that looked like a Glock 17 semiautomatic pistol at a police officer was Raymond D. Dupree Jr., Yellowstone County officials said Thursday.

Dupree, 39, died of multiple gunshot wounds on Tuesday night, the coroner’s office said.

Police responded to a report of a man carrying and displaying a gun on Tuesday night and Officer Brett Hilde saw Dupree point a gun at a motorist and at a group of people in the front yard of a residence, Police Chief Rich St. John has said.

Hilde got out of his car and pointed his gun at Dupree, who responded by pointing his gun at the officer, St. John said. Hilde fired eight times out of fear of being shot, the police chief said.

On Wednesday, St. John described Dupree as having a long criminal history.

Dupree had three convictions for drug possession and was on probation at the time of his death, according to a Department of Corrections website.

Officer Hilde is on paid leave while the shooting is being investigated.