Posted: Aug 27, 2013 8:51 PM by KYLE BENTON - MTN News
On Tuesday, the Yellowstone County Coroner released the identity of a 49-year-old man gunned down in Billings overnight.
49-year-old Richard B. Morris died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The incident occurred at 27 South 12th Street West, when police responded around 1 a.m. to reports of a man pointing a gun at another man.
An eyewitness, Janae Peterson said, "It was about one o'clock this morning, I heard shots fired. To me, it sounded like three went off, then a brief pause, then five more."
Another eyewitness, Tisha Thomas said, "I saw the guy being dragged from where he was shot, to the garbage can, and then I saw a white truck turn right on Central and a black Blazer go straight ahead."
According to the police, when officers arrived on scene, they found Morris shot in the chest.
Lieutenant Kevin Iffland with Billings PD said, "Right now we don't have anybody in custody. We have interviewed the other person, the shooter in this case...but no charges have been filed."
"The best that we can come up with now it that there was a disturbance at that location and we're looking at that this was a possible self-defense case," Iffland said.
Detectives are currently working on collecting evidence to confirm eyewitness accounts. They are also trying to figure out whether Morris is from Billings or Baker, Montana.