Inquest Scheduled in Broadus, MT Shooting

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A coroner's inquest jury will investigate details of a fatal shooting by the Powder River County sheriff.

On May 18, Sheriff John Blain shot and killed 59-year-old John T. Andrew of Wilsall after responding to a trespassing call at a ranch near Broadus.

Authorities have kept a tight lid on details, saying only that the sheriff found Andrew in an equipment shed, armed with a handgun, and shot him after Andrew brandished the weapon.

Montana state law requires a coroner's inquest be held when a person dies as the result of an act by a law enforcement officer or while in law enforcement custody.

The Powder River County Attorney Jeffrey Noble says acting county coroner Lance Silha will hold an inquest Sept. 16. The jury will help determine if the shooting was justified.

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