Violence up in 2020 according to Billings Police

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