A deputy shot and killed a man near East Helena late Thursday night after responding to a request for a welfare check.
The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on Casper Drive just before midnight Thursday after being asked to check on a man who was cutting himself, Sheriff Leo Dutton said Friday morning.
The caller reported a man at the residence was bleeding from self-inflicted injuries and was suicidal, Dutton said.
"When deputies got to the residence (the caller) told them he had a gun, a pistol," which officers later confirmed, Dutton said.
Deputies verbally negotiated with the suspect for about an hour, encouraging him to put down the gun, Dutton said.
"Unfortunately, he forced the hand of a deputy, and the deputy in protecting himself and other deputies had to shoot," Dutton said.
The man died at the scene.
The suspect never fired his weapon and no law enforcement officers were injured. A total of six deputies responded to the scene, and no other law enforcement agency was present when the shooting occurred, Dutton said.
Dutton said he could not provide more details as the investigation is ongoing.
Dutton said the deputy who shot the man is currently on administrative leave, which is protocol following an officer-involved shooting. The name of the deputy has not yet been released. The deputy was wearing a body cam, Dutton said.
The sheriff has asked the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation to help with the investigation.
Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg said the name of the deceased will be released Monday at the earliest.
This is the first officer-involved shooting in Lewis and Clark County since 2013.