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Police: Woman at Billings Clinic ER shot herself before she was shot by officer

Billings Police shooting at ER
Posted at 11:36 AM, Oct 17, 2022

BILLINGS - A woman inside the Billings Clinic Emergency Room shot herself before an officer shot her, police said in a press release issued Monday morning.

The shooting happened Sunday at 5:11 p.m. as officers responded to the hospital for a weapons complaint that was described as a woman in the emergency department with a loaded gun threatening to shoot herself.

Four officers responded within minutes, the press release states, and as they entered the hospital the 36-year-old Billings woman fired one round.

"Officer made contact with the individual in the triage area of the emergency department and the individual had sustained a single self-inflicted gunshot wound," the press release states. " Upon making contact the individual then picked up the handgun, ignoring commands to stop."

Officer Blaine Lane "fired one round from his handgun striking the individual," the press release continues. "Officers were able to secure the individual and the firearm, and medical care was administered."

Police initially said in a social media post that "shots were fired between subject and police."

No one else was injured. The woman shot herself in the torso, police said in a further clarification, but did not disclose where the officer shot her. Her condition was not released.

Lane is a two-year member of the department and has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is completed as is usual department policy.

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