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Fatal shooting highlights 24/7 Sobriety Program

Posted: 3:34 PM, Aug 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-21 17:34:01-04

Charles A. Marcotte was identified as the man who was shot and killed by Great Falls police officers after reportedly brandishing a gun on Sunday evening.

The 911 Dispatch Center call logs for the incident were released on Monday afternoon and indicate that Marcotte was upset with the 24/7 Sobriety Program.

In May of 2017, Marcotte, 67, was arrested for his first DUI offense. The judge recommended Marcotte take alcohol counseling and not drink for six months.

In June of 2018, Marcotte was arrested for his second DUI offense and was ordered to be on the 24/7 alcohol monitoring program in July.

He was supposed to be enrolled in the 24/7 program until July of 2019.

The alcohol monitoring with the 24/7 Sobriety Program has been used in Cascade County since 2012.

The program is currently ran by the City of Great Falls Court and Cascade County Court.

Anyone can be enrolled into the program if their crime involves alcohol. A person is required to take a breath test twice a day, seven days a week.

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of moving the program to downtown Great Falls.


(August 20, 2018) A man who reportedly brandished a gun at Great Falls police officers was shot and killed on Sunday evening.

The name of the man is Charles A. Marcotte, according to R.J. Brown, the Fergus County Coroner. The names of the four officers involved have not yet been released; they have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure whenever officers are involved in a shooting.

The incident began when officers responded to a residence in the Highwoods Mobile Home Park at 6:48 p.m. for a reported disturbance.

During the call to 911, dispatchers received information indicating the disturbance was escalating and required a highest priority police response. When officers arrived, they encountered the armed man. The GFPD said in a Facebook post at 10:12 p.m. that when officers made contact with the man, he "brandished the gun, shots were exchanged, and he was fatally shot by our officers."

On Monday afternoon, the 911 Dispatch Center call logs for the incident were released.

The Dispatch Center received a call at 6:48 p.m. about a reported disturbance. The caller told dispatchers that the man had begged the caller to call police. The caller also reported that the man said, ‘When a cop come, he will shot (sic) himself.’

The call log indicates that the man was armed with at least two pistols, and one "AR type rifle."

Police negotiated with the man for more than 30 minutes, trying to get him to put down his weapons.

  • At 7:30, the man reportedly said that he had been in the 24/7 Sobriety program for about 10 years, and does not want to deal with 24/7 deputy any more.
  • At 7:34, the dispatch log states that he holding the rifle and was crouched behind and barricaded behind a cooler.
  • At 7:35, the dispatch log states: "GOT THE AR POKING OUT TOWARDS US"
  • The next entry, several seconds later, states "SHOTS FIRE"

GFPD Chief David Bowen has requested that the Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) lead the inquiry into the incident, which is standard in such situations.

Police also said that as officers were driving to the scene, displaying top lights and with an audible siren, one officer was involved in a two-vehicle automobile crash. The occupant of the private vehicle sustained minor injuries, and the officer sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. Troopers with the Montana Highway Patrol are investigating the crash.

Police have not yet released any other information; we will update you as we get more information.

There have been four shootings of suspects in Great Falls within the last 18 months. In April 2017, a knife-wielding suspect was  shot and injured  by an officer. In September 2017, Jordan Addison  died after being shot  by a GFPD officer. In December 2017, Stacy Micheletti was  shot and killed  by police after he reportedly brandished a gun.

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