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Officer who shot escaped inmate identified

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 09 2013 07:27:12 AM MDT
BILLINGS, Mont. -

Yellowstone County officials have released the name of the sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a man who had escaped from the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.
    
Sheriff Mike Linder says Lt. Shane Skillen, a 17-year veteran, was placed on administrative leave after the shooting Friday in Billings.
    
Linder says a shooting review board will look at the circumstances surrounding the shooting of 42-year-old Dean Randolph Jess. A coroner's inquest also will be held.
    
Jess escaped from the prison on Monday morning and was shot Friday afternoon during a standoff on the west end of Billings.
    
Linder said Jess had a handgun and refused to get out of a stolen vehicle when surrounded by officers. Officers say the shooting happened when Jess moved the gun toward a deputy.