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Jan 15, 2013 8:28 PM by MTN News

Police video of Billings fatal standoff incident released

BILLINGS - Authorities have released video from the dashboard cameras of two Billings police cars that were at the scene of last week's standoff in which Daniel Brawley was shot when he tried to escape in a police car.

Brawley died after being shot by an officer while he was trying to escape in a stolen police cruiser on Miles Avenue, an incident which followed a three-hour standoff on Sunday, January 6th.

Police initially responded to 807 Miles Avenue for reports of a burglary in progress. Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said that when officers arrived at the scene, officers saw Brawley try to flee the house, and then re-enter upon noticing the presence of the officers.

St. John says police negotiators were then called, and after three hours of negotiations, Brawley and his wife emerged from the home, giving themselves up willingly.

But that's when things turned tragic, as Brawley attempted to escape by stealing a police cruiser.

Brawley, handcuffed in the back of a police car, managed to reach the front seat, put the car into gear and reversed.

After backing into a tree, he then floored the vehicle forward, striking Officer Dave Punt, and shots were fired.

Brawley swerved and struck two vehicles, coming to a stop at the intersection of Miles Avenue and 9th Street West.

Medical crews performed CPR on the man, and then transported him to hospital.

Brawley was killed by single bullet wound to the torso.

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