Authorities say a man suspected of fatally shooting another man in Lewistown on Saturday fired a gun as officers approached him in Dillon early Sunday night and was fatally shot by police.
The suspect, 47-year-old Douglas J. Foster, was killed and a Dillon police officer and a Beaverhead County sheriff’s deputy were not injured. The shooting occurred near a Dairy Queen on the south side of Dillon around 8:20 p.m. and Foster was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.
Foster was suspected of fatally shooting 52-year-old David Byron Sessions in Lewistown on Saturday morning and authorities believed Foster might be trying to hide in unoccupied outbuildings along the Missouri River in the Missouri Breaks region. Lewistown is about 105 miles east/southeast of Great Falls and 125 miles northwest of Billings.
Police say Foster was an avid outdoorsman with extensive knowledge of the area and residents of rural Fergus, Petroleum, Garfield, Blaine and Phillips counties were told to be on “heightened awareness” for him.
But Sunday evening, someone called Dillon police to report a suspicious man at a local business and then said it looked like the homicide suspect from Lewistown, said Dillon Police Chief Don Guiberson.
The man left the business but the caller described his vehicle and the direction it was heading and the Dillon officer quickly located it. When a sheriff’s deputy arrived they tried to make a traffic stop.
Foster whipped his vehicle around and when officers heard two shots fired, they responded with lethal force.
Guiberson said he could not offer further details, including the business Foster was seen at, because the case was being investigated by the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations. The officers are on paid administrative duty in accordance with policy.
The warnings about Foster were issued in a press release by the Lewistown Police Department Sunday afternoon. It identified Sessions as the shooting victim. Police found him after receiving a 911 call for a gunshot wound in the 100 block of Crystal Drive in Lewistown.
Lewistown police said they were continuing their investigation into the homicide there and encouraged anyone with information to call the department at 406-535-1800 or Central Montana Crimestoppers at 406-538-2746.
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