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Guns drawn in 'road rage' incident in East Helena

Road rage results in guns drawn in East Helena
Posted at 10:23 AM, Jul 04, 2024

Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says a road rage incident in East Helena on Tuesday resulted in two men drawing guns.

Dutton told MTN that the incident happened around 8:15 PM at the Town Pump Food Store on Lane Avenue. Deputies from the sheriff's office and the Helena Police Department responded.

According to Sheriff Dutton, the incident started between Helena and East Helena when one driver allegedly cut the other off.

Both drivers pulled into the Town Pump, where an argument ensued, with both drivers reportedly pulling out guns.

Dutton says both men began yelling at each other before one fled into the store and asked for the police to be called.

Neither man fired their weapons, and no one was injured.

"We don't need to be living in the Wild West. This could have been solved much easier. There were kids playing [and] all kinds of people around there. The potential for innocent casualties was huge [and] insurmountable," said Dutton.

Thirteen units were on scene at the Town Pump, and the store had to be shut down for roughly 40 minutes.

No arrests were made as both parties claimed self-defense.