Missoula police officers involved in fatal shooting ID'd
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Missoula police have released the names of two officers involved in a fatal shooting earlier this month.
Sgt. Travis Welsh said Friday officers Chris Proper and Eric Weber remain on paid administrative leave while the Sept. 2 shooting death of 35-year-old Steven Gill is investigated.
The Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation reviewed the officers' body camera footage, which indicated Gill had a weapon. The officers said they felt threatened by Gill.
Missoula police are also conducting an internal review.
Court records indicated Gill had a previous conviction for assaulting a police officer and a string of drug-related probation violations. Officers were called to Gill's recreational vehicle by someone who reported suspected drug activity. Court records also indicated police had investigated Gill for drug possession in recent months.