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An Update Of The Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Incident From Sheriff Tom Boyer

Update To The Incident From March 29

The Yellowstone County Coroner’s Office has identified 47-year-old, Jonathan Ryan Hamilton, as the deceased person from the March 29, 2023, officer involved

shooting incident, that occurred in Glasgow, Montana.

Hamilton was originally arrested, on a Blaine County Arrest Warrant, in another state and was returned to Montana to face several criminal charges pertaining to child sexual assault.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families involved in these incidents.

During the afternoon of March 29, 2023, at approximately 2:35pm, an incident occurred at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital involving a Valley County detention officer, sheriff deputies, a hospital employee, and an inmate from the detention center. The incident was a hostage situation and was resolved by a deputy discharging his duty weapon to protect the life of the innocent. The public is not at risk. This case is under active investigation. No one from the public, law enforcement or hospital staff were wounded during the incident.

The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the circumstances of the shooting at my request. The inmate was flown to Billings to receive advanced trauma care. To ensure transparency, I requested Sheriff Jerry Lytle, from Phillips County, to complete the administrative review of this incident. All names are being withheld during the investigative process. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

I want to thank all of those involved tasked with the duty of keeping us safe. I am especially grateful for the assistance from the staff at Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital for the prompt response and life saving measure provided. Additionally thank you to the Glasgow Police Department for their support and assistance, the volunteers with our Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement, Phillips County Sheriff’s Office, EMS and Stat Air, and Valley County Sheriff’s Office staff.

Respectfully, Sheriff Tom Boyer


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