Law enforcement still investigating multiple recent shootings
Updated 12 p.m. March 21
The Great Falls Police Department and other agencies are continuing investigations of multiple recent shootings.
Jacob Bradley, 37, was identified as the suspect who fled from police and shot an officer during the pursuit on March 7.
Bradley was shot in the head during the incident and was transported to the hospital.
County Attorney Josh Racki said on March 20 that Bradley is still in the hospital but is expected to soon move to a lower level of care.
GFPD releases name of officer shot in March 7 incident
He said he is waiting on charges until Bradley’s medical condition improves.
GFPD is also continuing their investigation of the March 16 shooting near the intersection of 9th Avenue South and 15th Street that left one person dead.
GFPD, Pondera sheriff release details on March 17 homicide, pursuit
Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter released the name on March 21 of the victim in the March 16 shooting.
Slaughter said that deputies were sent to Benefis Health System for the death of Gerald Stillsmoking, 35, of Great Falls.
Stillsmoking was found on the ground at 10th Avenue South and 15th Street South next to the north side Town Pump, according to Slaughter.
Stillsmoking was found to have a have a gunshot wound to the center of his chest. Great Falls emergency responders performed CPR and transported Stillsmoking to Benefis, where he was pronounced dead, Slaughter said.
The State Crime Lab in Missoula performed an autopsy and determined the cause of death was gunshot would to the chest and manner of death was homicide, Slaughter said.
Capt. Doug Otto of GFPD told The Electric that investigators are working with Racki’s office and have not yet determined what charges would be filed.
Investigators have identified multiple people who were at the scene in that incident and are continuing follow-up interviews, Otto said.
GFPD working “serious incident;” one person fatally shot
The names of the victim and suspect in the March 17 shooting, pursuit and suicide will be released after the autopsies are completed, which Otto said is expected within the next day or two.