Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Vehicular assault
Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Offender: Charged with negligent homicide
Officer Stephen LePiane was killed when his cruiser was broadsided by a drunk driver at approximately 2:00 am.
He was following another officer to back him up on a traffic stop when a vehicle ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed and struck his patrol car on the driver's side door. Although he was wearing his seatbelt the impact caused him to be ejected from the vehicle. The other officer observed the accident in his mirror and immediately turned around.
The driver was apprehended and charged with negligent homicide.
Officer LePiane had served with the Missoula Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, father, and three siblings.