BEAVERHEAD COUNTY, Mont. - According to the Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Sheriff Michael Miles shot 22-year-old Andrew Blake of Dillon on November 10.
Beaverhead County Sheriff's officials sent out a press release that said the 911 center received a call that Blake was driving drunk on the freeway near Barretts. It said Deputy Miles was dispatched and responded to the area.
Officials said when the 911 dispatcher told Deputy Miles that Blake may have a hunting rifle, he called for back-up, but was the only deputy sheriff on duty at the time. They said Deputy Miles found Blake's truck traveling south on the Frontage Road alongside the east side of Interstate 15 near the Grasshopper exit, about 10 miles south of Dillon. We're told Deputy Miles stopped Blake at the intersection of the Frontage Road and the I-15 entrance ramp.
Investigators report Deputy Miles' patrol car was several yards away and the emergency lights were on. They said Deputy Miles spoke to Blake through his car's PA system. Beaverhead County Sheriff Franklin D. Kluesner, II said Blake followed Deputy Miles' commands, got out of his truck, and walked backwards towards Deputy Miles' patrol car. Officials added Deputy Miles then got out of his patrol car and walked towards Blake. He said when Deputy Miles got halfway between his patrol car and Blake's truck, Blake went back to the truck, got his rifle, and manipulated the bolt action.
The release said Deputy Miles drew his pistol and told Blake to put his rifle down. It added that Blake then turned towards Deputy Miles with the gun pointed towards him. We're told that's when Deputy Miles fired his weapon, hitting Blake, immediately bringing him down. Investigators said Deputy Miles then called for an ambulance for Blake and gave him first aid.
Sheriff's officials tell us Blake died Monday morning at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City.
The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation.