An early morning armed stand-off west of Belgrade has resulted in the fatal shooting of the suspect. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident along with the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation.

Early this morning a Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy was involved in a fatal shooting that resulted in the death of a suspect. The incident is under investigation by the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation and the Park County Coroners' Office.

The incident at Andrea Drive, located west of Belgrade, occurred following an armed stand-off between an individual and local law enforcement.

Since this incident involved a Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy, investigators with the Montana Department of Justice have taken charge of the case. After the scene is processed, evidence is collected and witnesses interviewed, the D-O-J will produce a report on the incident and an inquest will then be convened by the Park County Coroner. The date and time of the inquest is yet to be determined.

At the same time the GCSO is conducting its own internal review of the incident. Headed by a GCSO lead investigator, the review is conducted to guarantee that department policies and procedures were followed. That process is expected to take a few weeks.

The Deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the internal review which is conducted on all events of this type.

"These sorts of situations are unfortunately part of the job for our people," said Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell. "Every day when our deputies go on shift they never know when they are going to be faced with a life threatening situation. That is why we train so hard and so consistently."

"Our goal here is to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation. At the same time work with those involved to make sure that any support needed is provided," said Cashell.

"And our work continues. Your Deputies are on the job today, like every other day, to make sure our community is safe."