BILLINGS, Mont. — The Billings Police Department has placed 13 officers on paid administrative leave following two shootings this month, leaving the department low on staff.
Police Chief Rich St. John tells KULR-TV that the 13 officers make up about 10 percent of the department’s patrol force.
Police shot and killed a 24-year-old man on Saturday after authorities say he led officers on a pursuit and rammed police vehicles. Five officers were placed on leave as a result.
Authorities say officers shot and killed a man on Nov. 4 following a standoff at a sporting goods store, resulting in eight officers placed on leave.
Two officers were placed on leave in October after a shooting at motel. Four officers were placed on leave after another shooting in May. These officers returned to work.