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GREAT FALLS — A coroner's jury has determined a Great Falls police officer was justified in shooting and killing a burglary suspect who had threatened to shoot him and another officer.

The inquest into the Sept. 11 death of 25-year-old Thomas Jordan Addison began Monday. Jurors heard additional testimony Tuesday morning and deliberated for about 30 minutes before finding Addison's shooting was not a crime.

Nathan Spindler called police that night saying Addison was jiggling his back door handle trying to get in.

Officer Adam Stergionis said he met Spindler away from his residence and when they returned they saw a door was open. Addison was nearby. When the officer went to arrest him he fled.

The officers involved testified that Addison told them he had a gun and repeatedly threatened to shoot them.

Stergionis testified that Addison didn't back down after his first shot missed.

Montana's chief medical examiner Robert Kurtzman testified that Addison was shot in the neck.


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