BILLINGS, Mont. – The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Wyoming man during a confrontation with police in Billings, Montana, (all times local):
The mother of a man killed during a confrontation with law enforcement in a Montana hotel says she does not hold the police responsible for his death.
Jan Urioste said Friday that her son suffered from mental illness and may have been on illegal drugs when he was shot three times by a Billings police officer.
Authorities say 32-year-old Kyle Killough of Wyoming had been acting erratically and making wild statements including threatening a clerk at the Days Inn.
They say he refused orders to drop a handgun and was turning toward officers with the weapon when he was shot.
Urioste says Killough recently stopped taking medications needed to treat his mental illness.
She says another of her sons was a police officer and she's grateful no one else was hurt.
Yellowstone County authorities have identified a 32-year-old Wyoming man who was shot and killed during a confrontation with police officers in a Montana hotel.
Deputy Coroner Cliff Mahoney said Friday that Kyle W. Killough of Gillette, Wyoming, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.
Billings police say Killough entered the clerk's office at the Days Inn before dawn on Thursday with a handgun. Both the clerk and officers said he was acting strangely and saying things that didn't make sense.
When police arrived, they say he refused orders to drop the weapon and was shot three times after turning toward officers with the gun.
The officer who shot Killough was put on paid leave pending an investigation to be led by the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office.