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Man denies shooting at officers, engaging Billings police in standoff

Posted at 3:53 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 17:53:46-04

BILLINGS — The man accused of shooting at two probation and parole officers before engaging Billings police in a standoff downtown earlier this month pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday at his arraignment.

Michael Jeffrey Anderson, 60, was arraigned in Yellowstone County District Court on two counts of attempted deliberate homicide with weapons enhancements.

Anderson was arrested May 1 after a standoff with police at his home on the 1600 block of Second Avenue North.

Police had responded after a pair of probation officers paid Anderson a visit and were fired upon.

The probation officers, who were conducting a routine check-in, were not injured and returned fire.

Billings police surrounded the house and ordered Anderson to surrender.

Officers eventually used the BEAR to break down the front door of the home and capture Anderson.

He’s being held at the Yellowstone County jail on $1.25 million bond.

See also: Suspect injured, taken into custody after standoff with Billings police