BOZEMAN — Law enforcement officers spent more than six hours in a parking lot near the Comfort Inn on 7th Avenue in Bozeman on Tuesday - an incident resulting in the arrest of Jared James Fields.
According to court documents, Fields contacted dispatchers at around noon. During the call, Fields told a sergeant that he had a .40 caliber firearm and a gas mask. He reportedly had made threats to shoot through his hotel room walls and doors.
At about 1 p.m., the crisis negotiation team was activated.
At about 4 p.m., Fields called 911 again to get connected with the crisis negotiation team; he said he had gasoline and Tannerite, which is an explosive target that is usually used for firearms practice.
The hotel was evacuated during the hostage situation and shortly after 8 p.m. the special response team deployed CS gas, which is a commonly used tear gas, into his room twice.
“They’re specially trained for these incidents, we have specially trained negotiators that talk to people, and talk to people that might be in crisis and get them into the right place,” Knight said.
West Oak Street was closed for public safety during the incident.
Fields, 34 years old, has been with felony assault with a weapon and felony criminal endangerment. His bail was set at $350,000.
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