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Shots fired at Missoula police car, dowtown area closed

Posted: 10:35 AM, Feb 12, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-12 13:25:09-05
Heavy police presence near Missoula county courthouse

MISSOULA — UPDATE: 11:08 AM 2.12.2020

Hellgate High School is on a perimeter lockdown as a precaution.

There is no immediate threat to the building.

Students cannot be released for lunch.

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MISSOULA — UPDATE: 10:57 AM 2.12.2020

Missoula County officials have sent an alert that states the public cannot enter county buildings at this time and should avoid the areas of Ryman and Pine, Woody and Pine, Ryman and Broadway and Woody and Broadway.

Missoula County departments will not be able to provide public services at this time.

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MISSOULA — UPDATE: 10:30 AM 2.12.2020

Missoula City Hall has sent out a press release stating that City Hall and its council members are under lockdown due to the heavy police presence.

The public should avoid the area around Pine Street and Ryman Street and Pine Street and Woody Street.

Missoula County 9-1-1 has posted on Facebook that there is a shelter in place and for the public to lock their doors, and to call 911 if you see any suspicious activity.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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UPDATE: 10:27AM 2.12.2020

University of Montana police sent out the following alert:

Missoula police have blocked a portion of downtown Missoula near the police department and the Mountain Line transfer station after shots were fired at a police car being driven by an officer.

No injuries reported.

As a result, city buses are being rerouted, streets surrounding the Missoula County Courthouse and police station (Spruce, Pine, Ryman, Woody, etc.) in a five-block radius are closed.

Avoid travel in downtown and, likewise, employees or students traveling to campus may also be impacted.

No suspect details are available.

This is an emerging situation, with no direct threat to campus at this time.

UMPD officers are patrolling.

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A heavy law enforcement presence is on the scene near the Missoula county courthouse in downtown Missoula Wednesday morning.

We have been told area businesses are under lockdown, including City Hall and St. Patrick Hospital.