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Killing of Montana Man by Police Eyed at Coroner's Inquest

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A coroner's inquest is underway to determine if a Montana police officer was justified in killing an unarmed man.

Officer Grant Morrison shot 38-year-old Richard Ramirez in April during a traffic stop in Billings when Ramirez appeared to reach for something after being told to keep his hands visible.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said a jury will decide if Morrison acted appropriately. State law requires inquests to be held whenever someone is killed by law enforcement.

Twito says as many as 17 witnesses could appear during the two-day inquest that began Tuesday before Big Horn County Coroner Terry Bullis.

In 2013, Morrison shot and killed another man during a traffic stop after the victim reached for a weapon later determined to be a BB gun. An inquest cleared Morrison of wrongdoing iin that incident.

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