Sheriff’s officials tell NBC Motnana a standoff ended with a man in custody Saturday evening, after a woman had called 911 and said a man she was with had fired a gun into the air and threatened to shoot anyone who came near his house. Officers say the incident happened in the area of the 4500 block of Old Marshall Grade Road in East Missoula.
Officers set a large perimeter around the area, and shut down traffic on a part of Highway 200.
“He has been distraught or having some issues with another relationship and she was spending some time with him today and trying to help him through the problem,” said Missoula Sheriff’s Patrol Sargeant Bill Burt.
Officers were heard telling residents to stay in their homes and stay in covered areas.
“...It was a long rife involved and because we weren’t absolutely certain of the person’s mental health at the time,” said Burt.
Sheriff’s officers say the woman fled to a neighbor’s house and called 911. She reportedly told authorities the man was under the influence of alcohol. Burt tells NBC Montana the man reportedly made statements that he did not want law enforcement to show up, as it would be a suicide-by-cop situation “or statements to that effect.”
Officials shut down multiple roadways in the area. Officers tell NBC Montana an armored vehicle showed up, and officers got the man out of the house. Officers say the man was uncooperative, and was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. His name has not been released at this time.