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Suspect reportedly 'pulled out a machete' and chased a person in Missoula

Man charged after allegedly wielding a machete
downtown Missoula police activity
Posted at 1:12 PM, Sep 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-30 18:05:49-04

(UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.) Police Department spokeswoman Lydia Arnold says a preliminary investigation indicates that a 41-year-old man - identified as Todd Deveny - was involved in an argument with several people when he pulled out a machete and began chasing one of the victims down the street.

Police responded to several 911 calls about the disturbance near the intersection of West Broadway and Ryman Street at about 11:30 a.m.

Arnold says a ”legally armed citizen intervened, holding Deveny at gunpoint until the arrival of police.”

Deveny is currently being held on several pending felony charges involving several victims and the investigation into the incident is continuing.

Arnold added that Deveny was arrested by the MPD for misdemeanor criminal mischief on September 27, 2022, as well as for assault with a weapon and assault on a peace officer in June 2022.

Arnold says the person who intervened is cooperating “fully with law enforcement and is not in custody.”

(UPDATE: 12:11 p.m.) One person has been taken into custody following the incident that closed part of West Broadway in downtown Missoula.

The Missoula Police Department reports an investigation into the incident is continuing and there is no threat to the public. No other details have been released at this point.

West Broadway between North Higgins and Broadway is once again open to traffic.

(1st REPORT, 11:47 a.m.) Police activity is taking place in the area of West Broadway and North Higgins in downtown Missoula.

The Missoula Police Department reports West Broadway is shut down between Ryman and Higgins for a police investigation.

Numerous emergency vehicles and law enforcement personnel are at the scene.

People should avoid the area.

There is no threat to the public, according to MPD.