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Kalispell police officer shoots man dead in confrontation

February 27, 2021 GMT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting of a man by a police officer in Kalispell, Montana, who had allegedly attacked the officer Friday night.

The Kalispell Police Department said in a statement that officers were dispatched after receiving reports a man had been intentionally crashing into vehicles with his own vehicle. Officers found the man’s vehicle with no one inside. One officer entered a nearby business and was confronted by the suspect “who had armed himself with an object.,” the police news release says.

“The suspect attacked the officer, who fatally shot the suspect,” according to the news release, which did not describe the object.

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Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino said it was a heavy club-like piece of wood, the Flathead Beacon newspaper reported. Heino said the suspect was armed with it and was charging at patrons and the officer before the shooting inside a convenience store, the newspaper reported.

A woman described as an “uninvolved bystander” was injured. Kalispell Police Chief Doug Overman said he could not comment on how she was injured but that she was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, the Flathead Beacon reported.

The police statement said the identity of the man who was shot was being withheld pending notification of relatives and further investigation.