A coroner's inquest began Monday morning in Billings in the May shooting deaths of two people in Worden.
A Yellowstone County deputy shot and killed 49-year-old Thomas Hilger early on May 24 while officers were investigating suspicious actions behind a bar owned by Hilger. When officers arrived, the suspicious vehicle was gone but they found it elsewhere. Hilger was driving.
Court records say officers were talking with Hilger when he got out of the car and displayed a weapon. He was shot at least once and died later at a Billings hospital.
The Billings Gazette reports officers found the body of Hilger's girlfriend in a vehicle after their confrontation with Hilger. Court records say 22-year-old Erica Yurian had been shot to death.