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Officials identify man who died after Montana standoff

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Frank Joey Half Jr. Frank Joey Half Jr.
BILLINGS, Mont. -

Law enforcement officers in Montana have released the name of a 30-year-old man who died during a weekend standoff with police at a Billings sporting goods store.
  
Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said Monday that Frank Joey Half Jr. died Saturday at the end of a nearly 10-hour standoff at Big Bear Sports Center.
  
Half has a criminal record and had recently left a pre-release facility.
  
Officials say Half smashed a vehicle into the front of Big Bear at about 3 a.m. Saturday and barricaded himself inside. St. John said officers tried to negotiate with him several times and that Half and officers exchanged gunfire, the last time shortly after noon.
  
St. John said there was significant damage inside the store including broken display cases, discharged fire extinguishers and numerous shots fired.

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