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Emergency crews responding to situation in Pondera County

Emergency crews responding to situation in Pondera County
Valier Montana
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Posted at 2:11 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 19:46:50-04

GREAT FALLS — We have received several reports that a person has been shot in or near Valier.

Reliable but as yet unconfirmed reports indicate that the suspect led officers on a car chase from Glacier County into Pondera County, ultimately resulting in shots being fired.

There is no word yet on the condition of the person who is reported to have been shot, nor what sparked the chase.

At this point, there are no reports that any officers have been injured.

In addition, we have received word that school in Valier is on lockdown as a precaution.

One person sent the following message to KRTV: "all students and staff had to lock themselves in the classrooms. Police and emt were seen en route from Conrad"

We are working to get details and will keep you updated.



(UPDATE, 3:29 pm) Valier Schools posted the following message on its website this afternoon:

  • "All Valier school buildings were in lock down today (9/4/20) starting 1:10 pm, at the advice of the Sheriff's department, while police were in pursuit of a suspect. The incident was not related to the school, all students remained safe in their rooms until the Sheriff's department gave us the all clear, and students and staff did a great job! There will be no changes to the volleyball, football, or dismissal."

Julie Gaffney, the superintendent/principal, told us, "We're just glad that it was handled swiftly by the police and that the communication between the Sheriff's department and the school worked very, very well."