BILLINGS, Mont. (TCD) — A family is grieving two loved ones after a 31-year-old man was fatally shot at a residence last week, then fell on top of his infant son, who also died.
According to the Billings Police Department, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at approximately 10:05 a.m., officers were called to a home on the 700 block of North 17th Street regarding a shooting. A witness told officers they noticed a vehicle pulling up to the house and a “large volley of shots being fired into the neighboring residence.”
Police officers could not make contact with anyone inside the home, so they forced entry and located the adult male deceased and an unresponsive infant. Medics transported the child to a hospital, where he later died.
KTVQ-TV identified the adult as Kenneth Morrison and the infant as Tatee’k Morrison.
In a news conference Nov. 2, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said it “appears the male collapsed on the child.”
Investigators obtained a description of the suspect’s vehicle and located it on the 300 block of South 28th Street. Another witness reportedly saw people get out of a pickup truck, run into the house, then flee into a neighboring house.
Billings Police officers locked down the residences, which resulted in the local SWAT team arriving. Ten people surrendered after five hours and were detained, but no arrests have been made in connection with the deaths of Kenneth and Tatee’k Morrison.
According to Tatee’k Morrison’s obituary, the boy, who also went by Ted, would have turned 1 year old on Nov. 2. His family referred to him as “Smiley” and “Bean,” and he was described as “abundantly loving, kind, sweet, full of energy, fun.”
Kenneth Morrison, who was also known as “Baby Kane,” was previously married and had four children with his first wife, though one child died in 2012. His obituary says he “loved his kids immensely and tried to do the best for them when he could.”
The obituary continued, “Kenneth had many close friends and family throughout his lifetime, too many to mention. His circle was large, and he had a friend wherever he went.”
- Press Release for Homicide/SWAT Activation – Billings Police Department
- Violent Crime Press Conference – Billings Police Department
- Infant killed in Billings shooting died one day before first birthday – KTVQ
- Tatee’k “Ted” Cole Morrison obituary – Bullis Mortuary
- Kenneth Vernon Morrison, Sr. obituary – Bullis Mortuary
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