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Names released in officer involved shooting

Published On: Jun 29 2013 10:35:44 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 30 2013 01:32:31 PM MDT

The following is a press release from the Missoula County Sheriff's Department:

On June 28, 2013 Missoula County Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Stineford was involved in a shooting during a drug investigation.  Missoula County Sheriff Ibsen requested the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office conduct the shooting investigation. 

Deputy Jonathan Stineford is on administrative leave with pay during the investigation. The suspect in the drug investigation and the person that was shot is identified as 37 year old Harry Louis Steven VanPelt.  VanPelt received injuries to his leg from the shooting.  VanPelt was released from the hospital today and is currently in custody at the Missoula County Detention Center.  

As in all such cases, a separate administrative investigation is being conducted into the use of force incident.

There is no further information that can be released by the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office or the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office until the investigation is completed.