Shots fired, stolen cars, and high-speed chase lead to an arrest in Billings

Posted at 3:33 PM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 17:33:10-04

Ryan McElmury was arrested after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through Billings on Monday night.

Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said during a Tuesday press conference that there were no serious injuries during the incident.

St. John says that there were 10 crimes scenes, and five stolen vehicles, describing the entire ordeal as “50 minutes of carnage.”

It started at around 10 p.m. when Billings police officers confronted two men in an attempted burglary; one man was taken into custody without incident, and the other one ran away.

That man – identified as 41-year-old McElmury of Wyoming – shot out the window of a car and stole it.

At one point, he made a u-turn and headed straight toward a police officer.

The officer fired several rounds at the suspect.

McElmury continued his crime spree, breaking into homes and robbing several people of their cars at gunpoint.

Eventually the chase led north of Billings on Highway 87.

McElmury tried to make a turn onto Doyle Road, but he was going too fast and the vehicle flipped.

After running away, he got into another car and headed straight for officers.

Officers with the Billings Police Department, Yellowstone County Sheriff’s, and Montana Highway Patrol – all fired shots at McElmury before he eventually got out of the car and surrendered.

He was taken to a hospital with minor injures.

Chief St. John says it was the act of a “dangerous, reckless and desperate suspect” and it is beyond belief that no one was seriously hurt.