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Great Falls police officer involved in fatal standoff identified

Posted at 11:15 AM, May 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-04 13:15:46-04

GREAT FALLS – The Great Falls Police Department has released the name of the officer who shot a homicide suspect in Shelby last month.

On April 22, GFPD’s High-Risk Unit helped the Toole County Sheriff’s Office in a homicide investigation and hostage situation.

According to law enforcement, a woman had been taken hostage at gunpoint.

The suspect, Richard Moench, secluded himself and the woman inside a home in Shelby.

GFPD-HRU was able to negotiate the woman’s safe release, but Moench would not respond anymore to negotiators.

According to GFPD, Moench fired several rounds at HRU members from the house.

Two officers were injured. They were treated, released and have since returned to their normal assigned duties.

GFPD says Officer Kevin Supalla shot Moench, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Supalla is now on paid administrative leave.

The Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation continues their inquiry into the shooting.

GFPD officer shot, another injured in Shelby standoff

Elizabeth Transue – MTN News