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Crime & Courts

Oct 30, 2013 8:50 PM by MTN News

Great Falls fugitive Gary Hansen arrested after chase in Wyoming

POWELL, WYOMING - According to the Park County Sheriff's Office, Gary Hansen, 57, was apprehended on Tuesday evening.

Hansen led law enforcement on a mile and a half chase where he proceeded to threaten to take his own life in an hour standoff. Hansen had a knife in his possession.

A transient from Great Falls, Hansen was wanted on four felony counts of incest and on a misdemeanor count of obstructing a peace officer.

On a tip received by the communications center of the Park County Sheriff's Office, the detective said Hansen was possibly working at a ranch in Powell, Wyoming.

According to the press release, "the detective also explained that Hansen had eluded capture on more than one occasion and was therefore a definite flight risk."

After leading law enforcement on a chase for more than a mile, deputies deployed a Taser weapon that proved to be unsuccessful.

Following negotiations, Hansen surrendered peacefully.

He is currently being held in the Park County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Montana.

Here is the full text of the press release the Park County Sheriff's Office:

A fugitive from Cascade County, Montana was apprehended by Park County Sheriff's deputies late Tuesday afternoon after a foot pursuit lasting over a mile and a half and standoff during which the suspect threatened to take his own life with a knife. Gary Hansen, age 57, listed as a transient from Great Falls, Montana was wanted on four felony counts of incest and one misdemeanor count of obstructing a peace officer.

On Monday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m., the Park County Sheriff's Office Communications Center received a tip from a Cascade County Sheriff's detective that the fugitive was possibly working at a local ranch belonging to Lyle Brand at 1371 Road 22 in Powell. The detective also explained that Hansen had eluded capture on more than one occasion and was therefore a definite flight risk.

At approximately 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, deputies from Park County arrived at the ranch in an attempt to locate Hansen. Upon exiting their patrol vehicles, deputies immediately confronted both Brand and Hansen outside the residence. Hansen immediately fled south on foot with deputies in pursuit.

During the pursuit Hansen produced a knife; however at no time did he overtly threaten deputies with the weapon. In response, deputies deployed a non-lethal Taser weapon in attempt to immobilize Hansen but he was able to dislodge the weapon's probes before they could have an effect. The foot pursuit then continued another half mile through a hay field and down an irrigation canal road. At this time, Hansen stopped, turned towards the deputies and held the knife to his chest indicating that he refused to be taken to prison.

Deputy Sergeant Chad McKinney and Deputy Detective Joe Torczon immediately began a dialog with Hansen in an effort to encourage him to surrender voluntarily and not harm himself. Additional deputies took up support positions around the area to contain the situation.

After over an hour of negotiations with the two deputies, Hansen finally surrendered his weapon and gave up peacefully. He freely admitted that he never intended to take his own life but it was all a ruse to gain time in hopes of escaping once again. He is currently being held in the Park County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Montana.

"All of the deputies involved in this situation displayed incredible restraint and professionalism," said Patrol Lieutenant Dave Patterson. "Situations like these are extremely volatile and deputies must rely on their experience, training and sound judgment to evaluate the circumstances and balance their desire to apprehend the fugitive while maintaining their personal safety as well as the safety of the suspect and the public in general. The citizens of Park County have reason to be very proud of these officers."

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