A standoff in Columbia Falls ended safely on Wednesday after 31-year-old Mitchel Lewis Anderson barricaded himself inside an unoccupied cabin.
According to the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, a neighbor called reporting unusual activity at a neighbor's cabin on Jellison Road. When deputies arrived they found two cars that had been reported stolen in the last week.
Officers were unable to communicate with the man inside and the owner of the cabin said no one had permission to be there. Deputies attempted to enter, but Anderson stated he had a gun. Flathead County SWAT was then called in.
Four hours of negotiation ensued and eventually the man was taken into custody without incident. The incident ended around 5:30 p.m. In a press release it was stated that no weapon was found.
According to the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, Anderson was taken to be evaluated at the hospital and was then transferred to Pathways, which is a behavioral health clinic in Kalispell.
He has not yet been charged, but potentially could be facing two counts of felony theft of a motor vehicle and burglary.