BILLINGS- Billings Police said that violence has gone up “substantially” in 2020.
Lt. Brandon Wooley of the Billings Police Department shared the following numbers for this year:
- Assault against police officers- up 50%
- Partner family member assault- up 21%
- Partner family member strangulation- up 24%
- Assaults with a weapon- up 50%
Lt. Wooley also said there have been 16 homicides in the city this year.
“You know, I can’t remember a time, of course I’ve only been doing this for 13 years Melanie, but I don’t remember a year that we’ve had 16 homicides,” said Lt. Wooley. “So, we’ve had a pretty violent year.”
Lt. Wooley said 15 of those homicides have been cleared, but they n