There was an officer involved shooting near Trout Creek in Sanders County early Friday morning in which the suspect was fatally shot by officers, but not before he wounded a law enforcement officer.

The Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation issued a press release on Friday detailing the incident.

The Sanders County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a male suspect had barricaded himself inside the Naughty Pine Saloon near Trout Creek.

The suspect would not cooperate and so a call was made for the Missoula and Flathead County Sheriff’s Offices to deploy their SWAT teams to the scene.

The 35 year-old male suspect eventually ran from the saloon with a firearm, and he shot and wounded one of the pursuing officers. Law enforcement officers returned fire killing the suspect.

The wounded officer suffered a non life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported to Kalispell Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The Sanders County Sheriff’s Office requested that the Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation make a thorough investigation into the incident.

No other information was released, including which law enforcement agency's officer was wounded, and the identity of the suspect.

 

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