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Missoula homeowner holds suspect at gunpoint

Posted at 10:51 AM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 14:08:41-05

MISSOULA – A man who led authorities Monday morning on a pursuit and foot chase near Missoula was stopped by an armed homeowner.

The incident began after an “attempt to locate” was issued for a stolen vehicle that was taken near Missoula.

A Missoula County sheriffs deputy who was patrolling near Pulp Mill Road spotted the stolen vehicle on Mullan Road shortly after 8 a.m., according to a news release.

The suspect had pulled to the side of the road but after refusing verbal commands from the deputy, the driver sped away.

The suspect drove through a construction site, several fields and through fences before coming to a stop on Haven Heights where he fled on foot into a nearby home.

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office reports that the homeowner had seen the police activity and armed himself prior to the suspect getting into the home.

When the suspect entered his home, he held him at gunpoint until officers arrived and took the suspect into custody.

The man refused to identify himself to authorities. He was arrested and taken to the Missoula jail.