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Large police presence on Ninth Avenue South in Great Falls

GFPD February 20 2024
GFPD February 20 2024
Posted at 7:39 AM, Feb 20, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-20 19:59:43-05

(UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.) One person has been charged for the shooting; click here for details.

We contacted the corporate headquarters for Taco Bell, and they released the following statement: "We are shocked and saddened to hear that this happened. We understand that the franchise owner and operator of this location is working with the local authorities in their investigation.”

Suspect in custody after overnight shooting in Great Falls

We will update you as we get more information.

(UPDATE, 9:29 a.m.) The GFPD says the situation has been resolved; nobody was found inside the home, and all suspects are in custody.

The GFPD also said that a "person of interest" was taken into custody at another location.

(UPDATE, 8:18 a.m.) Police obtained a search warrant for the house on Ninth Avenue South that is believed to be connected to a shooting.

The GFPD says that there was an "incident" at or near Taco Bell on 10th Avenue South and a person was shot, and at last report is in critical condition at a hospital.

Three suspects involved are in custody and being interviewed at the police department; the GFPD is not certain if any suspects or people connected to the incident are still inside the house.

The GFPD does not yet know who the shooter is or how many shots were fired.

Schools are not on high alert.

(1st REPORT, 7:39 a.m.) The Great Falls Police Department said at 7:12 a.m. on Tuesday that people will see a large police presence, including members of the High Risk Unit, along the 1600 block of Ninth Avenue South.

They are responding to an incident that started at approximately 1 a.m. at a separate location.

They ask that people avoid the area and follow instructions of emergency personnel at the scene.

Reporter Ryan Gamboa is at the scene and says that a person is reportedly barricaded inside a home, and that several "flash bangs" have been used.

Several people have said that the incident may be related to a possible shooting at or near a Taco Bell overnight, but the GFPD has not yet confirmed that.

Great Falls Public Schools is monitoring the situation closely to determine whether any schools may be affected.

No other details have been released at this point.

We will update you when we get more information.