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Man shot, killed near Red Lodge ID'd

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A man who was shot and killed on Wednesday near Red Lodge has been identified by officials, and the investigation into his death is ongoing.

The victim was identified as Chad Rockman, 43, of Billings, according to Carbon County Sheriff Josh McQuillan.

An autopsy has been performed on Rockman, but the release does not state how many times Rockman was shot. Rockman was pronounced dead on scene.

The shooting occurred around 10 a.m. on Lake Fork Road off of Highway 212 south of Red Lodge, McQuillan said.

Four people, including Rockman, were in the area, which is frequently used for hiking and recreational access.

The sheriff's office on Thursday did not release any additional details on the circumstances leading up to the shooting.

On Thursday McQuillan said the three other people present at the time of the shooting, including the person who fired the weapon, are cooperating with law enforcement.

The group thought to be involved reported the shooting to the sheriff's office. McQuillan arrived about 5 minutes after the 911 call was made.

McQuillan would not release information on the three people who were at the trailhead, or what led to the shooting.

“We’re still investigating the events leading up to (the shooting),” he said on Wednesday.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

The Montana Highway Patrol and the Red Lodge Police Department also responded to the scene.

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