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Armed standoff ends in Butte; suspect found dead

Armed standoff reported in Butte
Posted at 3:16 PM, Oct 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-14 11:12:35-04

(UPDATE, THURSDAY, 8:26 pm) The situation on the 500 block of W Aluminum Street has ended. The armed suspect that barricaded himself inside the residence was found dead in the basement.

The identity of the person has not yet been released.

There is no threat to the public and normal activity may resume in the area.

Sheriff Ed Lester thanked Sheriff Leo Dutton of Lewis & Clark County for sending his SWAT team and the bomb squad to assist in the incident.

“The incident did not end the way I had hoped, but I’m thankful all officers involved are safe,” said Sheriff Lester.

(UPDATE, THURSDAY, 8:30 am) At approximately 3:20 a.m. Sheriff Lester said the standoff is continuing and an armed man remains inside the residence. Negotiations are continuing.

Lewis & Clark County SWAT has relieved the Butte-Silver Bow SWAT team at the scene.

About four hours into the standoff, a woman was safely evacuated from the residence, but a man remains inside, and the standoff continues.

Streets in the area remain blocked. There is still no word on what caused the incident, nor the identity of the person inside the residence.

(1st REPORT, WEDNESDAY, 3:16 pm) Police are at the scene of a reported standoff along the 500 block of West Aluminum Street in Uptown Butte.

MTN's John Emeigh reports from the scene that a SWAT team is also engaged.

There is no word at this point on what caused the situation.

Traffic is blocked off at the intersection of Washington and West Aluminum.

People are advised to avoid the area until further notice.

We will update you if we get more information.