October 8 thru 11, 2013

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Billings, Montana


Officer Involved Shootings/Homicides

Mass Casualty Incident Homicide/Shooting


Presentation by Investigators:


Newtown, Connecticut/Sandy Hook Incident

Assassination attempt on former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford

Lakewood, Washington, Police Shooting


Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Police Shooting incident



Guest Speakers:

Lieutenant J. Paul Vance, Commanding Officer, Public Information Office, Connecticut State Police

Lieutenant David Delvecchia, Commanding Officer, Major Crimes Unit, Connecticut State Police

Lieutenant Vance and Lieutenant Delvecchia were involved in the investigation of the Newtown/Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. This shooting resulted in the deaths of twenty-eight children, adults, and the perpetrator. There were two persons who survived non-lethal injuries.


Captain Byron Gwaltney, Patrol Division Commander, Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Tucson, AZ.

Captain Chris Nanos, Investigations Bureau Commander, Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Tucson, AZ.

Fire/EMS Battalion Chief Stuart Rodeffer, Northwest Fire District, Tucson AZ.

Captain Gwaltney, Captain Nanos, and Fire/EMS Battalion Chief Rodeffer were the incident commanders during the initial response and subsequent investigation of the attempted assassination of U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011. This shooting resulted in the deaths of six persons, including a federal judge, and thirteen persons who survived non-lethal injuries.


Detective Lynelle Anderson, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Tacoma, WA.

Lt. Rusty Wilder, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Tacoma, WA.

Lt. Wilder and Detective Anderson were the lead investigators in the investigation of the murder of four Lakewood, Washington, Police Officers in a local coffee shop as they prepared to begin their shifts on November 29, 2009.


Superintendent Bob Williams (Ret.), Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Edmonton, Alberta

Inspector Terry Kohlhauser, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, ‘E’ Division, Southeast District Major Crimes Unit, Kelowna, British Columbia  

Supt. Williams was the incident commander and Inspector Kohlhauser was the lead investigator in the investigation of the murder of four RCMP Constables as they were attempting to execute a search warrant in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, on March 3, 2005. This incident was the worst one-day loss of life for the RCMP in 100 years


If time allows, there will also be additional case studies by selected investigators/prosecutors from Montana agencies as well as an opportunity to participate in group discussions and case reviews for attendees. Attendance is normally limited to law enforcement, corrections, coroners, prosecutors and military personnel. This year participants from Fire/Rescue/EMS Agencies and Hospital Emergency Room staff are encouraged to attend. All attendees are required to show law enforcement/fire/ems/hospital identification at the conference registration.


The conference will be POST certified training through the MLEA and tuition will be $195 per attendee for registrations received by September 31, 2013 or $220 per attendee for registration received after that date. (An agency paying for three attendees will receive tuition waived for a fourth attendee.)


Hotel Accommodations:

The conference is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings, Montana, which is located at 27 North 27th Street Billings, MT 59101. The hotel is offering the government rate of $77.00 + tax. To register, call the hotel at (406) 252-7400. Rooms must be booked by September 22, 2013 to ensure this rate and vacancy.

An additional block of rooms has been reserved at the Best Western Clocktower Inn, 2511 1st Avenue North, Billings, MT., 59101, which is located across the street from the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the north side. These rooms are also available at the government rate of $77.00+tax. Reservations must be made no later than September 14, 2013, to ensure this rate and vacancy. To register call the hotel at (800) 628-9081 or (406) 259-5511.



Registration will be available on our website through Pay Pal after August 10th or you can contact our Secretary/Treasurer Sgt. Doug Mahlum at MVCIA C/O Sgt. Doug Mahlum, Great Falls Police Department, 112 1st Street South, Great Falls, MT 59401 at any time. Sgt. Mahlum can be reached at (406) 781-8912.


October 8 thru 11, 2013

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Billings, Montana