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Butte Police: Suspect in Mining City Taxi robbery dead

By Donovan Hill, KTVM Reporter, dhill@ktvm.com
Published On: Feb 05 2013 12:14:39 PM MST
Updated On: Feb 05 2013 06:12:39 PM MST
BUTTE, Mont. -

New details have been released by investigators about the robbery and shooting that occurred at a Butte taxi company.

In January a man held up the Mining City Taxi and shot a 23-year-old woman as she tried to flee the scene.

On Tuesday Butte-Silver Bow authorities say the suspect is now dead.

"I'm glad that he's off the streets so he can't do this to anyone else because I feel like if he's willing to shoot someone over $2 than he's willing to do anything," said Amanda Huf, the woman who was shot the night of the robbery.

The gunman shot her four times as she tried to get away.

Security cameras at the business were rolling that evening and captured the entire incident on camera.

"Watching him shoot that pistol and her running down the street was just horrific," added Mary Garcia, owner of Mining City Taxi and the mother of the victim.

Huf and her mother sat down with NBC Montana to talk about the shooting.

Garcia said now that the suspect is believed to be dead, her daughter and family can begin the healing process.

"There is a lot of closure in that and not only for myself but for everybody in this town, my friends, my family, people I don't know, I think they're feeling a little more safe," Garcia said.

Butte-Silver Bow Police are not releasing the suspect's name or exactly how he died, but they are confident there is no longer a threat to the public.

"We do believe that this individual is most likely the individual involved, the individual we are investigating is deceased and I cannot release information about the circumstances regarding his death," said Sheriff Ed Lester.

Authorities also say they’ve sent the evidence found with the suspect to the State Crime Lab in Missoula, and are awaiting the results to come back.