Jason Quincey Niccum has been identified as the man who died after he was shot during a stand-off with police and other law-enforcement officers in Great Falls on Monday.
John Barnes of the Montana Department of Justice released the name on Wednesday afternoon, and said that Niccum was 42.
At about 3:45 pm, officers from several law enforcement agencies, including the Great Falls Police Department, were involved in a situation with an armed suspect - later identified as Niccum - in the 1300 block of Third Avenue Northwest. The response included the High-Risk Unit vehicle. Great Falls police said in a Facebook post at the time that the incident was "potentially volatile."
Probation & Parole officers and the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force initiated contact with Niccum, who was a probationer under supervision in Great Falls. Earlier that day, a no-bond warrant had been issued for his arrest for violating conditions of supervision.
Officers found Niccum in the driver’s seat of an SUV in an alleyway near Thirrd Avenue NW and 13th Street NW, and reportedly brandished a handgun while in the vehicle. Niccum was getting out of his vehicle with the handgun and a deputy U.S. Marshal fired his weapon and hit Niccum, who died at the scene. No officers were hurt in the incident.
Great Falls police asked the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct an independent investigation into the incident and the shooting death, which is standard procedure whenever an officer is involved in a shooting.
The deputy U.S. Marshal involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, which is also standard procedure in such cases. Petroleum County Coroner Dick Brown is serving as coroner and the state Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct the autopsy.
Niccum has been in trouble with the law before, including leading police on a high-speed chase in Great Falls in 2015; he also had convictions for theft and drug-related crimes.