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Man shot by Billings police outside downtown motel identified

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BILLINGS -- The man shot by Billings police outside the Lazy KT Motel in October has been identified in revocation documents filed in Yellowstone County District Court.

Roderick Lee Little Bear, 36, had just been discharged from his suspended sentence for felony assault with a weapon one month before he was shot by police in October.

The revocation documents do not provide many details, but they do state that Billings police made contact with Little Bear outside the motel while he was holding a shotgun on Oct. 18.

Officers had been called to the Lazy KT Motel for a report of an armed man walking around the parking lot.

When officers later made contact with Little Bear, they ordered him to drop his weapon.

Little Bear did not comply, according to police, and swung his weapon in the direction of officers before they fired on him.

Little Bear survived the shooting but was hospitalized. It’s unclear if Little Bear has fully recovered from his injuries.

For violating the terms of his release, Little Bear was sentenced in January to three years at the Montana Department of Corrections for possessing a shotgun outside the Lazy KT Motel, which is a violation of his release conditions.

The probationer wrote in the petition that Little Bear had been doing well on supervision for a couple of months after his release from a Billings Pre-release center.

“Once (Little Bear) lost his job and stop attending his White Eagle Talking Circle meetings things started to take a turn for the worse,” said the probationer.

Little Bear began using methamphetamine and alcohol, according to his probation officer.

The Department of Corrections offender network lists Little Bear as an inmate at the Montana State Prison.

It’s unclear if new charges will be filed against Little Bear for the incident at Lazy KT Motel.

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