Inquest scheduled in officer- involved shooting

Liz Kearney

Officials will hold an inquest into the death of a man killed in an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Livingston in January. 

Park County Coroner Al Jenkins said the inquest into the death of Sean O’Brien, 37, who was killed Jan. 2 near Shopko when police reported he wielded a knife at law enforcement officers, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 30 in the Community Room of the City-County Complex. The inquest is open to the public.

Officers had tried to use a stun gun on O’Brien to subdue him, Livingston Police Chief Dale Johnson said in a Jan. 3 news release, but the stun gun was ineffective. Two officers fired at O’Brien and were placed on paid administrative leave following the incident. They both later returned to work. 

Johnson has continued to decline to release the names of the officers, citing an ongoing investigation. The investigation is being conducted by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and detectives with the Bozeman Police Department. Officer-involved shootings are typically reviewed by a third party, Park County Sheriff Scott Hamilton said.

The area’s last officer-involved shooting occurred in 2011 when Park County Sheriff’s Office deputies used deadly force on Thomas Kyros in a shooting that occurred on Outlaw Hill Road in the Wineglass area southwest of Livingston. Kyros had defied multiple orders to put down his gun after he had shot multiple times at Wineglass resident Georgia Adams, injuring but not killing her.