Sheriff's Deputies say a Missoula County man is dead after allegedly shooting himself near the Missoula Airport.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Department says the man's wife called 911 to report her husband was sending her suicidal text messages from the Arlee area, then drove off in his silver 2004 Audi down Highway 93 North toward the Missoula area.

Deputies caught up with him on Highway 10 West near Roller Coaster Road just after 9:30 where he had pulled over to the side of the road.

Deputies report hearing a bang as they approached the car, and discovered the man had shot himself.

The man's name and age have not been released.

We'll keep you updated on this developing story.