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Man arrested after East Missoula manhunt

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EAST MISSOULA - Authorities report that the armed and dangerous man who's been on the run in the East Missoula area is now in custody.

Missoula County Sheriff TJ McDermott says that the armed suspect being sought in the East Missoula area fled authorities after the U.S. Marshals Service attempted to take the man into custody on a warrant.

Residents and businesses in the East Missoula area were told to stay inside and lock their doors as authorities search for a suspect, who's described as armed and dangerous.

Missoula College was also been locked down as a precaution and the Kim Williams trail next to the college has been closed. 

Law enforcement has identified the suspect as William "Billy" Dale Newhoff, 35. He's wanted for a parole violation. Newhoff is a white male who stands 5'10" tall and weighs 215 pounds. He has red hair and hazel eyes and numerous tattoos.

State prison records show that Newhoff was convicted on forgery, burglary and theft charges in Missoula County. 

This is a developing story.

A witness has told MTN News that there was a police chase that ended in the Dakota Avenue area of East Missoula. The fleeing vehicle also reportedly hit and damaged a home before a suspect fled on foot.

The suspect, who is described as being a white male, 30-to-40 years old with a slender build. The man was last seen wearing grey pants, black hoodie with grey sleeves and a grey hood with white writing. 

The suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

There is a large police presence in the area of Montana Street and Speedway. We have a reporter on the \scene and will have more information as it becomes available.

Missoula law enforcement have alerted UMPD that they are pursuing a male federal fugitive in East Missoula. Man is armed and described as wearing a black jacket with a skull on the back and possibly a mask. He may proceed along the river corridor into Missoula. As a precaution, the Kim Williams Trail adjacent to campus is closed. Missoula College will also be on lockdown as a precaution. Please be on the lookout and call 911 if you see someone matching this description.

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