Man shot during traffic stop near Dillon remains in critical condition

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BUTTE, Montana — Officials say a motorist who was shot after threatening a deputy with a rifle during a traffic stop remains in critical condition.

Beaverhead County Sheriff Frank Kluesner says a deputy stopped the man about 10 miles south of Dillon at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, shortly after receiving a report of a possible drunken driver. The sheriff says the man got out of his pickup with his rifle and the deputy shot him.

The Independent Record reports ( ) that the man has been transferred to an "out-of-area" hospital because the extent of his injuries is too severe to be handled by the Dillon hospital.

Kluesner says a shooting review board will determine if the deputy's actions were appropriate. The review is expected to be completed next week.

Information from: Independent Record,

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