A suspect was treated for a gunshot wound and taken to jail after an officer involved shooting.
The incident happened just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, on Reserve Street near Gold's Gym. An undercover Missoula Police Detective involved in a 'drug rip' and a drug suspect exchanged gun fire.
Both were taken to Community Medical Center. The suspect, a 25-year-old male, was treated and taken to jail. The officer, a 33-year-old male, and 6-year veteran of the MPD is expected to be released from the hospital Thursday.
In addition to the 25-year-old male suspect, law enforcement later arrested a 22-year-old female with possible ties to the case.
According the Missoula County Jail Roster, Joshua Lee Robinson, 25, and Jazmine Beehler, 22, were both booked on felony charges of deliberate homicide and robbery.
The Montana Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting with the investigation of the case. When the investigation is complete, the Missoula County Attorney's Office will review it.
The following is a press release from the Montana Department of Justice:
HELENA - The Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting the Missoula Police Department with the investigation of an officer-involved shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon around 2:30pm at 2475 West Central Avenue.
An undercover Missoula Police Detective, attached to the regional drug task force, was involved in a narcotics transaction in his vehicle when the suspect pulled a weapon on the officer in an apparent “drug rip.” A gun battle ensued between the detective and the suspect wherein both the officer and suspect were shot. The suspect attempted to flee but was quickly apprehended at the scene by backup officers.
The officer was transported to Community Hospital for medical treatment. His status is considered stable and he is expected to be released today. The 33-year-old detective is a 6-year veteran of the Missoula Police Department.
The suspect was treated for a gunshot wound and was released from the hospital last night. The 25 year-old male was booked into the Missoula County Detention Center and a 22 year old female suspect was also arrested in relation to this case. .
“This was a dynamic incident with a series of rapidly unfolding events,” said Bryan Lockerby, Administrator of the Division of Criminal Investigation. “There are a number of people who still need to be located and interviewed in order to determine the extent of involvement in this shooting. Our agents are working diligently to reconstruct the events leading up to this incident.” Lockerby added there is no indication that a second armed suspect is still at large in the community.
The Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation is commonly requested to assist in these kinds of cases in order to provide an independent investigation at the request of local agencies. The local drug task force includes the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, Missoula Police Department, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Once the investigation is complete, the report will be submitted to the Missoula County Attorney’s Office for review.