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Man Shot After Authorities Locate Him

3-9-2012 Montana:

REED POINT - A man is dead after shooting himself near Reed Point Thursday as authorities tried to pull him over on an attempt to locate.

The Bozeman Police Department says the man was wanted out of Bozeman for sexual assault with a weapon. The Montana Highway Patrol spotted the suspect's vehicle near Reed Point.

MHP and Stillwater County pulled over the vehicle driven by the suspect. Authorities say the man shot himself before officers got out of their car. The suspect's name has not been released.

Troopers then shut down the Frontage Road about five miles west of Reed Point.

"At this time, it does not appear that there was any exchange between officers," said Sgt. Jay Nelson with the Montana Highway Patrol.

"During the incident, our detectives developed information that was a very kind of volatile situation that had the potential for becoming a much worse situation," said Lieutenant Steve Crawford with the Bozeman Police Department.

The Montana department of criminal investigations is in charge of the case. The suspect was transported to Billings, but was pronounced dead. ..Source.. by Nicole Grigg


Man kills himself during I-90 stop, possibly linked to Bozeman sexual assault

More details have been released about the events possibly leading up to a shooting along Interstate 90 on Thursday afternoon between Reed Point and Columbus.

Bozeman police began investing a report of sexual intercourse without consent involving a weapon on Thursday morning, according to Bozeman Police Lt. Steve Crawford.

The incident reportedly took place at a residence on the north side of Bozeman and involved a person who was known to the alleged victim, Crawford said.

Police identified a person of interest and vehicle to look for in the case and notified area law enforcement.

Later in the morning, police received information that the person of interest was possibly in the Billings area and Billings law enforcement was notified.

Authorities then relayed back that they had located a vehicle, a 2001 Ford Ranger with Montana plates, on Interstate 90, and Bozeman police asked them to stop the vehicle.

A Montana Highway Patrol trooper and two Stillwater County deputies spotted the suspect's vehicle around 1 p.m. on Interstate 90 about 10 miles west of Columbus.

According to Montana Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Butch Huseby, the man pulled off the interstate at exit 397 near Reed Point, and before officers could exit their vehicle it appears the man shot himself.

No shots were fired by law enforcement, Huseby said.

The identity of the person has not yet been released.

The MT Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident.

Crawford said that at this point Bozeman authorities have not confirmed that the person of interest in the report of sexual intercourse without consent incident is the same person involved in the shooting.

"We will continue to investigate our part of the incident to fully document what led up to the events that occurred in Stillwater County," Crawford said.

Crawford added that they are not looking for any other suspects in the Thursday morning incident in Bozeman. He said there was not a threat to the general public, adding that the suspect was known to the alleged victim.

We will bring you more information as this story continues to develop. ..Source.. by


Sexual Assault Suspect Who Killed Himself on I-90 Identified


The Stillwater County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the man who shot himself after being pulled over by police.

County officials say 54-year-old William Carl Norman of Livingston died Thursday near Reed Point as authorities attempted to apprehend him.

Norman was wanted in connection to a sexual assault with a weapon case that had been reported in Bozeman.

Montana Highway Patrol identified his vehicle on Interstate-90 Thursday around noon.

Norman shot himself in his own vehicle before officials were able to reach him. ..Source.. by

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