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Q2 Rewind: In 1989, Billings mourns the loss of a fallen police officer

Posted: Updated: Feb 12, 2018 06:37 PM

BILLINGS - In February 1989, the Billings Police Department suffered a loss still felt deeply on the force today. Police Detective Alex Mavity, widely liked and respected by his colleagues and community, lost his life trying to apprehend a fleeing suspect.

"There isn't an officer out there that isn't hurting," then-Police Chief Gene Kiser told Q2 at the time. "And only time is going to heal it."

For current Police Chief Rich St. John, that loss remains a powerful memory. The experience, he told Q2 recently, put him and other young officers face-to-face with the idea of their own mortality and pushed them to evaluate their priorities.

Watch the video above to relive some of Q2's coverage at the time and hear St. John's reflections 29 years later.

Mavity's death, the only instance of a Billings police officer being killed by a suspect in the last 100 years, also sparked a conversation on the force about department policy regarding the use of handcuffs and bullet-proof vests.

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