A coroner's inquest scheduled Thursday in Carbon County will examine whether a Red Lodge police officer acted appropriately in the shooting death of a Billings man along the Beartooth Highway.

Thirty-five-year-old Timothy William Patrick was killed in October during a shootout with Red Lodge Police Assistant Chief Scott Cope.

Carbon County attorney Alex Nixon has said Patrick suffered multiple wounds, but also suggested Patrick may have killed himself.

Prior to the shooting, Patrick and 29-year-old Leslie Ann Erickson allegedly led Red Lodge police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car. Erickson reached a plea deal this month with federal prosecutors who say she and Patrick stole several guns, including a pistol recovered from Patrick's body.

Cope was placed on leave after Patrick's death but has since returned to duty.