Crime Watch

Sep 24, 2013 11:20 AM by Justine Judge - MTN News

Missoula police standoff comes to an end

MISSOULA - A man has finally surrendered to police after standoff that started on Monday morning.

Missoula Police tell us the suspect was taken into custody around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, and the nearby residents who were evacuated have been allowed back into their homes.

There was at least one shot was fired during standoff with the SWAT team that began on Cooley Street at 6:30 a.m. Monday morning after a man called 9-1-1 to report that he had been assaulted by the suspect.

The area around the intersection of Cooley and Burn streets was blocked off by police, with some residents either evacuated or kept away from their homes.

The suspect apparently did not have a phone, so a phone line was brought in about mid-morning starting the communication process.

But, police say he was uncooperative, and a special operations unit with an Armored Response Vehicle moved into place - first in front of the trailer and then in an alley behind the residence.

Once the power was turned off to the home at about 1 p.m., we could see an officer throw something into the backyard.

A little while later there was some yelling and noise, and the armored vehicle backed out, with a single shot to its side. No officers were hurt.

Authorities say that there was a woman inside the home with the suspect, and that she came out of the mobile home sometime around 2 a.m., before the suspect emerged and was taken into custody.

We'll have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.


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