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Officers cleared in Gillette shooting

GILLETTE — The officers involved in the shooting that killed a Gillette man this January have been named and cleared of criminal charges.

Park County Attorney Bryan A. Skoric found Gillette Police Department officer Patrick Totzke and Lt. Jason Marcus’ use of force justified in the death of 22-year-old Ismael Trinidad Montes earlier this year.

The incident began when Totzke and Marcus responded to the 500 block of Church Avenue around 7 a.m. Jan. 16 when homeowners reported a man was in their home who had made violent threats and refused to leave.

The police department released an edited 5-min...