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Kalispell man arrested after standoff with law enforcement

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Kalispell Standoff Arrest
Posted at 12:19 PM, Aug 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-05 15:53:57-04

KALISPELL — Kasmir Ray Spilis has been arrested following a Wednesday standoff with law enforcement officers in Kalispell that lasted for several hours.

The incident began at about 4:45 p.m. when the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office responded to a trespassing complaint on the 1800 block of Stag Lane.

Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino says the reporting party said a male family member had broken into the home and was refusing to leave.

Deputies responded to the scene and talked with the man, later identified as 28-year old Spilis.

Spilis refused to leave the property and barricaded himself inside the home and had access to firearms, according to Sheriff Heino.

Kasmir Ray Spilis

Deputies attempted to talk with Spilis but “but he escalated his behavior and threatened to shoot at law enforcement,” a news release states.

The Flathead Regional SWAT team responded to the scene and Spills was safely taken into custody at approximately 9 p.m.

There were no reported injuries.

Spilis is being held in the Flathead County jail on pending charges of assault on a peace officer, burglary, criminal mischief, and probation violation.

According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Spilis was convicted on a charge of felony criminal endangerment in Flathead County for a 2019 incident.