Billings, MT – A Billings woman carrying a concealed firearm shot two men who allegedly attacked her during an attempted robbery outside her home late last week.
The incident occurred in an alley located in the 2000-block of Cook Avenue at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Jan. 28, the Billings Police Department (BPD) tweeted about an hour later.
Officers responded to the scene for a report of a “possible robbery with shots fired,” the BPD said.
BPD Lieutenant Matt Lennick said the victim, a 25-year-old woman, was attacked outside her residence by a 37-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, KTVQ reported.
“The report indicates the suspects attacked the victim at her car outside of her residence,” Lt. Lennick told the news outlet in a statement. “The victim pulled her concealed firearm and both suspects were shot.”
Police apprehended one of the wounded suspects at the scene, KTVQ reported.
The other suspect fled the area after the shooting, but soon turned up at a local hospital, according to Lt. Lennick.
He noted the victim did not know the suspects.
23-006448 1/28/23 1245hrs. BPD responded to a possible robbery with shots fired in alley 2000 block of Cook Ave. Two male suspects were shot, and transported for injuries sustained from the GSW's. BPD is early in the investigation, all parties are accounted for- SGT Milam
— BillingsPD (@BillingsPD) January 28, 2023
Investigators said neither of the two suspects were armed at the time of the attack.
The investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
Both suspects are expected to face criminal charges, KTVQ reported.
“Due to their injuries, neither suspect was arrested or charged immediately, but the case was sent to the County Attorney’s Office for review and official charges,” Lt. Lennick said.
Prosecutors will also review the case to determine whether the woman who shot her two alleged attackers will face charges, KTVQ reported.
“As far as the victim using a firearm for self-defense the law is pretty clear on people’s right to use self-defense when they can articulate a threat to themselves or others,” Lt. Lennick told the news outlet.
“Like all cases of this nature the case will be reviewed by the County Attorney’s Office and they could bring forth criminal charges against the shooter if they deemed the threat didn’t meet the level of force used,” he added.