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Glasgow woman killed by sniper was shot in the back

GLASGOW, Mont. -- The woman killed in a sniper-style shooting in the Glasgow hospital's parking lot had just returned from an emergency call when she was shot in the back, a hospital official said Monday.

The victim, 37-year-old Melissa Greenhagen, was a part-time emergency medical technician, Valley County's clerk of state District Court and a mother of three.

She was part of a team that had just returned to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital from an emergency call Saturday evening, and was walking to her car when she was fatally shot, said Clay Berger, the hospital's emergency medical services director.

Authorities say a female nurse and her husband were wounded after rushing to Greenhagen's aid. Their names have not been released.

Berger told the Great Falls Tribune that after the man shot Greenhagen and the two others, the suspect positioned himself on a gravel slope and exchanged gunfire with as many as 30 officers. The shootout lasted roughly half an hour, he said.

The man then ran along the banks of the Milk River to a nearby house. Police tracked him and engaged in a second gunfight, killing the man.

Investigators on Monday were still trying to identify the suspect, whose body was taken to the state crime lab.

Meanwhile, friends and co-workers said Greenhagen became certified as an EMT in December, taking on the job as another way to serve her community. The mother of three boys and one girl also volunteered with Boy Scouts and the Hi-Line Hockey Association.

Glasgow has about 3,500 residents and is about 50 miles south of the Canadian border.

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