Billings family was holding a birthday party when gunman barged in Sunday night

SWAT team shouts instructions to suspect refusing to come out of house.


The family in a house at 1207 Burlington Avenue was having a birthday party Sunday evening when an armed man barged inside and ordered them out.

The man, who is a suspect in a homicide earlier in the evening, barricaded himself inside the house for more than seven hours beginning at about 6 p.m.

“There were a lot of people in the house, adults and numerous children,” said Billings Police Lt. Matt Lennick.

The suspect shot one of the adults in the house who was taken privately to a hospital.

At about the same time, police found a man shot dead in the 1200 block of Avenue F, and a car crashed at 1307 12th Street West.

“(The suspect) picked a house a random, but all of the incidents are connected,” Lennick said.

Police surround 1207 Burlington Avenue behind the Albertsons off of 12th Street West and Grand Avenue for an active shooter around 7 p.m. on Sunday night. Several gunshots have been fired. SWAT team members arrived and ambulances and firetrucks are

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