BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A standoff ended with the death of a handcuffed burglary suspect who hit a Montana police officer with his own patrol car before the officer opened fire, authorities said.
The 29-year-old man was in the back seat of the idling patrol car Sunday afternoon when he somehow climbed into the front seat and started driving, police said.
“The suspect was able to slip out of his handcuffs or get them in front of his body, climb over the caged partition and into the driver’s seat,” Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said.
The car backed up and hit a tree, then pulled forward and hit Officer Dave Punt, who fired nine shots, St. John said. The car stopped after hitting other vehicles.
“The cop started yelling at the car and it went straight at the officer,” witness Brian Bersuch told The Billings Gazette. “It went by him and I heard about 10 or 12…