BILLINGS — Authorities say a Billings police officer shot and killed a 32-year-old man who was reaching for a weapon that turned out to be a BB gun.
Police Lt. Kevin Iffland says the unidentified man had been uncooperative following a traffic stop early Monday.
Iffland says Officer Grant Morrison attempted to use a stun gun on the man but it was not effective.
Iffland says the officer noticed the man was reaching for a gun in his pocket. Iffland says the officer shot the man once in the stomach when he ignored commands to keep his hands out of his pocket.
He later died at a local hospital. The gun was a BB-gun replica of a Walther P99 handgun.
Morrison has been placed on paid leave.