Missoula County Prosecutor’s Office will initiate an investigation into the coroner into the death of a man who was shot dead by a police officer on Saturday, according to an email from the Montana Justice Department.
By Sunday evening, the Missoula County coroner had not disclosed the identity of the man who died on Saturday after being confronted with the Missoula Police Department.
In a press release on Saturday evening, police said officers responding to a disturbance at the 2300 block on Sherwood Lane “were immediately confronted with a man armed with a knife.”
“The male did not follow the instructions to drop the knife and instead attacked the first officer answering.
“The officer had to defend himself and shot the man who was later pronounced dead.”
The press release directed media questions to the Montana Justice Department. However, additional information was not available on Sunday.
“No additional details are currently available about the incident,” replied John Barnes, DOJ communications director in Montana, when asked via email about the incident.