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Great Falls

Mar 3, 2012 12:52 PM by Shannon Newth

Standoff in Great Falls ends peacefully

The standoff in Great Falls that had lasted nearly 17 hours has ended peacefully.

The man who had holed up inside a NW side home came out of the house at 10:45 am, surrendering to authorities, and was placed inside a police car.

He reportedly fired several shots on Friday evening, triggering the hours-long standoff that involved law enforcement officials from the Great Falls Police Department, the Cascade County Sheriff's Office, the US Marshals Service, and the Montana Highway Patrol.

No injuries have been reported.

The name of the man has not yet been released.

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More details as we get them, and on this evening's newscasts.


(6:31 am, Saturday) The standoff that began at 6 pm on Friday night continues more than 12 hours later in Great Falls.

Great Falls police were called about a man inside a home at 808 1st Avenue NW at 5:44 pm; the caller said that a man had a weapon and was inside the home alone.

Police tell us that the man has fired five or six shots, and some of those shots have been toward the police.

No injuries have been reported.

Great Falls police have been on the phone with the man trying to negotiate with him.

Authorities evacuated several homes in the area shortly after 6 pm.

Roads around the area are blocked off, and authorities ask that people stay away from the area until the situation is resolved. The area includes 1st Avenue NW between 6th Street and 9th Street.

In addition to the Great Falls Police Department and its High-Risk Unit and K-9 units, the US Marshals Service, the Montana Highway Patrol, and the Cascade County Sheriff's Office are at the scene.

In addition, the Salvation Army dispatched "Sally One" at around midnight; it is a mobile truck with a kitchen to provide food and beverages to responding officers.

We have been told that the families that were evacuated from their homes due to the standoff are checking with GFPD every hour to get an update on the situation, and to learn whether or not they can return to their homes yet.

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