by Travis Mateer
This news has finally broken within the last hour, though I started hearing rumors yesterday that Johnny Lee Perry was the supposed machete-wielding shooting victim of the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department.
Now it’s official:
Ravalli County Sheriff and Coroner Steve Holton issued a press release on Friday afternoon identifying the victim of a fatal Missoula County Sheriff’s Office shooting that occurred on August 29.
The victim was identified as Johnny Lee Perry II of Missoula. The Ravalli County Coroner’s Office is conducting the Coroner investigation, which is common practice when another agency’s personnel are involved in a custodial death. The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation is conducting an independent investigation as well.
While I process this late-Friday news story, you can read about my interaction with the victim here.
NBC Montana has some pretty important information about what is NOT being reported so far regarding this incident, which happened a week ago tomorrow (today is 9-4-21). From the link (emphasis mine):
This week, investigators say he threatened law enforcement officers with a machete, refused to put it down and didn’t back off after what deputies called several “non-lethal” attempts to calm him.
Perry died at the hospital.
We’ve requested twice to know the name of the deputies involved in the shooting. We’ll let you know if officials tell us.
Hopefully more information will come out as questions swirl, especially among the homeless people I talked to.