Officer Grant Morrison testified to a grand jury that he feared for his life at a traffic stop while a methamphetamine addict reached for his waistband. Officer Morrison said he was sure that the man he stopped had a gun and was going to shoot him. His words were "I couldn't die, I wanted to see my son grow up".

The victim was Richard Ramirez of Billings, Montana and the traffic stop was in a part of town where there is high violence. The jury of seven deliberated for about an hour before coming to the conclusion that the killing was justified and done in self-defense.

The Ramirez family stated they were disappointed with the decision and will be appealing the court's ruling.