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Billings police release details of downtown motel standoff

Posted at 11:56 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 20:28:58-04

BILLINGS - Billings police on Tuesday released details of a standoff at a downtown motel they said started with a weapons complaint.

According to a press release, the incident Monday began at about 2:30 p.m. when officers were called to the Lazy KT at 1401 First Ave. N.

A man later identified as 33-year-old Scott Takesenemy had barricaded himself in a room and officers believed there to be a total of two people in the room.

Based on the nature of the call, the department's Hostage Negotiation team and SWAT team were activated, the press release states. Attempts to negotiate with the occupants of the room were unsuccessful with no response.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m. officers noticed a utility room at the motel that had been locked and barricaded. The room had previously been unlocked. The suspect was seen in the utility room barricading the space and then fleeing in to the attic.

Several minutes later, the suspect either fell through or broke through the ceiling into an occupied motel room, the press release states. SWAT members broke into the room where there was an on-going struggle between the suspect and the occupants.

The suspect was arrested at that time. A search was conducted and a second suspect could not be located. Police investigators took over at about 8:30 p.m.

Takesenemy was taken to a hospital for evaluation of minor injuries then booked into the Yellowstone County jail. He was arrested for a no-bond warrant out of Wyoming and possible charges of aggravated burglary, obstructing and resisting.

No other injuries were reported.