An inquiry into an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead on Bozeman’s south side has been scheduled for later this month.

Bozeman Police Sgt. Ben Green, a department veteran, shot and killed Eric David Sauerhagen, 31, in January after Sauerhagen, armed with a hatchet and gun, reportedly came at officers responding to an assault.

Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert said Friday that a coroner’s inquest has been scheduled for July 31 in Gallatin County District Court. The inquest is expected to conclude that day.

Following an internal investigation, Sgt. Green was cleared to return to work few months ago. Bozeman Police Deputy Chief Jim Veltkamp has said that investigation concluded that Green’s actions were appropriate.

Montana law mandates an inquest after an officer is involved in a shooting. It calls on members of the public to review the evidence gathered by state investigators and make findings about the incident. Based on those findings, Lambert will then decide if criminal charges should be filed against Green.

The shooting happened after a roommate reported Sauerhagen was drunk and assaulting him in their home at 3172 Summer View Lane. At around 11:45 p.m., several officers responded and found the roommate outside. Sauerhagen initially remained inside but was shot when he confronted officers. He died at the scene. No officers were injured in the incident.

Freddy Monares can be reached at or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.

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