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A look at officer involved shootings

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Kalispell Police Chief Roger Nasset says Tuesday's officer involved shooting was one of just three for his department in more than 30 years.

Officer involved shootings may be rare in Kalispell, but are more common around the state.

Since august of 2015, Montana has seen officer-involved shootings in Mineral, Missoula, Silverbow, Beaverhead and Park counties.

In Superior, Dillon and Livingston,  the shootings proved fatal.

Nasset says his officers are trained to use non-lethal force whenever possible.

"That includes officers using verbal commands, using less lethal when available and then obviously when things go really bad like they did yesterday the officers need to protect ,” Chief Nasset said.

Next month in Billings a coroner's inquest into one of the incidents will determine if two Yellowstone County Sheriff's Deputies were justified in shooting and killing Loren Simpson after he accelerated towards them in a stolen SUV.

Back in Kalispell, Nasset says yesterday's situation required officers to fire their weapons.

"There was no opportunity for officers to use let’s say bear spray or a Taser, they had to meet the force that they we're being confronted with,” he said.

In spite of yesterday's events, Nasset says his department's training works.

"We don't see that anything that we've done in the past has been deficient so we've continued to do what has worked for us,” he said.

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