Man believed to be armed and suicidal found dead

Posted at 9:28 AM, May 03, 2018

(GREAT FALLS) A manhunt lasting most of Wednesday ended when the subject of the search was found dead in eastern Lincoln County.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office officials and other agencies were searching for several hours for the man who was said to be armed and suicidal; the man’s name has not yet been released.

Authorities had issued a Code Red Alert for the area near Happy’s Inn between McGinnis Meadows and the Flathead County line. Residents were asked to stay in their homes and lock their doors.

Late Wednesday evening, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that "the situation has been resolved and Code Red is lifted."

Authorities have not yet released the man’s name, nor the cause of his death.

Lincoln County Undersheriff Brian Griffeth said that personnel looking for the man twice found "high caliber" rifle rounds left in the road with something written in the dirt nearby. Griffeth declined to say what the messages were, but said the department was concerned that the man’s intent had been to lure deputies from their vehicles to investigate.

The assessment of damage around Happy’s Inn has been ongoing.

The Sheriff’s department believes that the vehicle used was found at the subject’s residence.

Griffeth described the damage to a private residence that was struck during the morning destruction at Happy’s as appearing as if it had been hit by a tornado.

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