(UPDATE, MARCH 19) The Mineral County Sheriff's Office says that officers shot a suspect during a hostage situation at the St. Regis Travel Center.
According to a news release, the suspect was shot and killed after shooting a hostage. The incident involved two people who authorities say were involved in the armed robbery of a gas station in Osbron, Idaho, on Saturday.
Witnesses told officers they saw two people walking away from the suspect vehicle at the St. Regis Travel Center.
The Mineral County Sheriff's Office learned of the location of one of the suspects, who was taken into custody without incident.
The news release states that the second suspect took a hostage at the St. Regis Tavel Center and when officers arrived at the scene, the suspect shot the hostage.
Officers then "engaged the suspect and the suspect succumbed to his injuries."
The hostage was reportedly taken to a hospital in Missoula; the extent of the person's injuries has not been disclosed.
The suspect's body had been taken to the State Crime Lab in Missoula. The identity of the person has not yet been released.
The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is now investigating the deadly shooting.
The Mineral County Sheriff's Office, the Sanders County Sheriff's Office and the Montana Highway Patrol responded to the incident.
No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.
(1st REPORT, MARCH 18) The Mineral County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident in the area of the St. Regis Travel Center.
The Sheriff's Office posted on social media Saturday, March 18, 2023, that there was a suspected armed robber in St Regis and gunshots had been fired.
Prior to the incident, law enforcement in Idaho was pursuing the suspects for armed robbery.
Residents were advised to stay indoors with their doors locked. Later on Saturday afternoon, the Mineral County Sheriff's Office reported there was no longer a public risk.
However, people were asked to avoid the St. Regis Tavel Center which the Sheriff's Office described as an "active crime scene."
No other details have been released at this point. We will update you if we get more information.
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