Suspect shot dead by law enforcement near Missoula airport identified

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the suspect involved in an officer-involved shooting that occurred near the Smokejumper Center in the 5700 block of West Broadway as 34-year-old Vance Ledeau.

Missoula Police Department spokeswoman Lydia Arnold provided limited details about the incident that day. A suspect had died and at the time there was no threat to the public after a shooting involving an officer which occurred on (Saturday) August 27. The Missoula Police Department responded to multiple robbery calls within the city limits. The robbery suspect was located by a deputy from the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office just after 11:30 a.m. on August 27 in the 5700 block of Highway 10 West.

Arnold said multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the incident and the ongoing investigation.

Arnold said the Missoula Police Department, Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service law enforcement, Missoula Airport Police, Sheriff’s Office Ravalli County and the Montana Highway Patrol were all involved and responded to help due to the threat to public safety.

Whenever a shooting involving an officer occurs, the Montana Department of Criminal Investigation takes over the investigation.

The incident was later referred to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Montana Department of Justice. The Missoula Police Department and all agencies involved have cooperated fully with the Criminal Investigation Division.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell released the identity of the shooting victim Tuesday afternoon.

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