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Man shot by Missoula police after reported robbery dies

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 17:21:23-05

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. - 1.16.20

Authorities have released the name of the man who was shot and killed Wednesday by Missoula police officers.

Missoula County Sheriff TJ McDermott said Frank Cogar, 35, of Missoula died in the Wednesday morning shooting on Cooley Street.

Cogar was shot by a police officer after a reported robbery.

Agents with the state Department of Criminal Investigation are looking into the details surrounding this incident.


(first report: 1:05 p.m. - 1.16.20)

MISSOULA - A man who was shot by during an incident with Missoula police officers < /span> at a trailer court on Wednesday has died.

The Missoula Police Department responded to a reported robbery and assault in the 1700 block of Cooley Street at the Hollywood Trailer Court at around 10:30 a.m.

Missoula police spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh says officers encountered a male -- related to the initial report of a robbery -- armed with a handgun.

Officers attempted to talk with the male, but ultimately, the threat posed by the male subject caused the officers to make a decision to defend themselves and the male was shot, according to a news release.

The male was transported to St. Patrick Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported, and the officers directly involved have been placed on administrative leave with pay as per department policy.

A news conference with Interim Chief Mike Colyer has been scheduled for 3 p.m. on Thursday in the Missoula Council Chambers.