State releases information regarding Nov. 25 officer involved shooting in Great Falls

The Montana Department of Justice released information today regarding the Nov. 25 officer involved shooting in Great Falls.

At about 3:45 p.m. on Nov. 25, the Montana Department of Corrections Probation and Parole officers and the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force initiated contact with a 42-year-old male probationer under supervision in Great Falls. Earlier that day, a no-bond warrant had been issued for the arrest of the probationer for violating conditions of supervision, according to the release.

On Nov. 27, the state released the name of the man involved in the incident: Jason Quincey Niccum,  42.

Officers located the man in the driver’s seat of an SUV in an alleyway near 3rd Avenue Northwest and 13th Street Northwest.

The man brandished a handgun while he was in the vehicle and officers attempted to communicate with him, according to MTDOJ.

The Great Falls Police Department arrived to assist.

“The subject was exiting the vehicle with the handgun and a Deputy U.S. Marshal fired his duty weapon, fatally wounding the subject. He died at the scene,” according to the release.

GFPD asked the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct an independent investigation into the incident and the shooting death, according to the release.

Petroleum County Coroner Dick Brown is serving as coroner and the state Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct the autopsy, according to the release.

The scene investigation was completed at about 10:30 a.m. Nov. 26 and the area was reopened to the public.

Once the investigation is complete, the case file will be given to the Cascade County Attorney’s Office for review, according to the release, and no additional information is available at this time.