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Shooting investigation involving an officer in progress near Glacier NP

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UPDATE: 3:55 p.m. – July 15, 2021

WEST GLACIER – A shootout involving an officer implicating a homicide suspect took place Thursday morning, closing Highway 2 at West Glacier to all traffic

The shooting involved a Great Falls homicide suspect and a kidnapping that took place around 12:30 am Thursday. Law enforcement learned of the suspect’s whereabouts in Flathead County, near Glacier National Park at around 5 a.m.

MTN News

Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino told MTN News that officers approached the suspect near the Cascadilla Flat River access off Highway 2, where the suspect brandished a gun. fire before being shot.

“One of the law enforcement agencies involved ended up shooting the suspect, so an investigation into a shooting involving an officer is ongoing.”

Heino said the kidnapping victim was taken away safely and without injury.

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Sean Wells / MTN News

The incident closed Highway 2 between West Glacier and East Glacier until 1:20 p.m. Thursday.

Sheriff Heino said several law enforcement agencies were working closely to close the freeway, ensuring the safety of all residents of Flathead.

“The great transmission of information that made it possible to shut this down before other people got hurt or injured,” Sheriff Heino said.

The Criminal Investigation Division was called in to investigate the incident, a standard procedure for shootings involving officers.

EXTRA WEB: Sheriff Brian Heino


(first report: 11:27 a.m. – July 15, 2021)

An investigation continues after law enforcement shot dead a person Thursday morning near Glacier National Park.

The incident began with a fatal shooting and kidnapping in Great Falls.

The Great Falls Police Department reports that officers were called for domestic disturbances around 12:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of 6th Street NE.

One person was found dead and law enforcement learned the suspect had taken a hostage and fled Cascade County.

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MTN News

One chase ended in a shootout involving an officer at the Cascadilla River access off U.S. Highway 2, Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino told MTN News.

The road was closed between West Glacier and East Glacier for several hours due to an investigation into the fatal shooting.

Watch Sheriff Heino’s full interview below.

EXTRA WEB: Sheriff Brian Heino

We will have more information as it becomes available.

– information from David Sherman and Sean Wells included in this report.


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