Jury: Officers justified in Keeley shooting death


After a short deliberation, a jury in Helena Thursday found that officers were justified in firing the shots that killed a 13-year-old Havre boy outside of Fort Benton in 2007.

Mark Keeley led two law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase after he was reported to have stolen $8 worth of gasoline from Chester.

After he drove his car over a spike strip, he tried to drive away with four flat tires. after stopping his vehicle, he fired on the officers, and was killed when they returned fire.

The jury deliberated for less than two hours before deciding that Montana Highway Patrol Trooper...

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