GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Two Great Falls police officers said a suspected burglar told them he had a gun and repeatedly threatened to shoot them before an officer fatally shot him.

A coroner’s inquest began Monday in Great Falls to determine if the Sept. 11 shooting of 25-year-old Thomas Jordan Addison was justified. After Addison was shot officers discovered he had a knife.

Nathan Spindler called police that night saying Addison was jiggling his back door handle trying to get in.

Officer Adam Stergionis said he met Spindler away from his residence and when they returned they saw a door was open. Addison was nearby. When the officer went to arrest him he fled.

When officers caught up with Addison he reportedly threatened them several times and did not back down after the first shot missed him.

The inquest continues Tuesday.

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