The man shot to death by a Dawson County sheriff’s deputy Monday night had allegedly made statements about being involved in a murder in Laurel.
“We got some information — primarily it was rumor — that the man in the shootout with police in Glendive had made some statements to people that he was involved in a homicide in Laurel. It’s purely rumor,” Yellowstone County Sheriff Chuck Maxwell said Tuesday.
Still, Maxwell sent two detectives to Glendive Tuesday afternoon to investigate possible links between the man who was shot and killed and the 1998 stabbing death of Miranda Fenner at the video store where she worked.
Meanwhile, Glendive police officer Katie Hagemo was listed in fair condition at Deaconess Hospital in Billings.
Mike Batista, head of the Criminal Investigation Division in the Department of Justice, said Hagemo, 23 — who completed Dawson Community College’ s law enforcement program little more than a year ago — received wounds in both legs, possibly from a single bullet.
The Justice Department is investigating the shooting, which began when Dawson County sheriff’s deputies tried to stop a man they wanted to question about a traffic-related matter, Batista said. Hagemo arrived later for backup, he said.
The suspect shot Hagemo, and one of the deputies shot and killed the suspect, Batista said. The name of the deputy has not been released.
Batista said the dead man had been identified but that his name is being withheld until his relatives are notified.