UPDATE: Police have arrested a man who is suspected of leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase and then engaging in a four-hour-long standoff along the bottom of the Rims on Tuesday.

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A man surrenders

A man surrenders to law enforcement after a standoff on the Rims on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Around 4 p.m., the man told officers he had no weapons, and officers moved in to confirm that before arresting him, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said. Some officers wore tactical vests and carried rifles and a shield.

Prior to the man's arrest, St. John said that police cleared the truck, which was stolen.

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A suspected stolen truck

A suspected stolen truck sits on the north end of North 15th Street after a man led law enforcement on a high-speed chase that ended on the Rims on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Officers originally spotted him in the truck at 11 a.m. at a West End hotel. The man led law enforcement on a pursuit before walking away from the truck to find refuge at the base of the Rims.

At one point during the standoff, Billings Fire Department personnel lowered down a hose, which sprayed water like a sprinkler into the area of the suspect. That led the man to come out from behind a large rock.

Officers also lowered a phone on police tape to the man so a negotiator could speak with him.

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Rims standoff

Billings firefighters spray water near a man during a standoff on the Rims on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

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Rims standoff

Law enforcement lowers a phone to a man during a standoff on the Rims on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

He eventually heeded the police negotiator's requests and began moving down the rocky hill with his hands raised. Officers moved in and arrested him without incident. A few onlookers clapped from the neighborhood below.

St. John said medical personnel checked the man upon arrest.

A SWAT team and the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office also responded to the incident.

School District 2 locked down all schools in Billings briefly as a result of the chase. Billings parochial schools, including Central Catholic High School, were notified via a shared resource officer, said Central High School Principal Shel Hanser.

Connor Cranston, an Uberbrew brewer, said he recognized the truck Tuesday afternoon as his. He had reported it stolen to police Sunday morning.

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Rims standoff

Law enforcement gathers on North 16th Street during a standoff on the Rims on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

"I was in the back cleaning some tanks, and a server came back with a customer's phone saying, 'Connor — is this your truck?' It's a crazy situation."

A downtown resident, Cranston said he's getting by walking to work.

"I walk everywhere anyway," he said. "The way it's going, it looks like it might be a while before it gets back to me."


Previous update:

A standoff with law enforcement continued Tuesday afternoon along the bottom of the Rims after a man said he was in possession of explosives.

Police have identified the man but are not releasing his identity at this time. It also was not confirmed the man was armed with explosives.

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Billings Police detective

A Billings police detective walks up the bank below the big ditch as police surround a man they say threatened them with explosives after a high-speed chase Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

“We don’t know if it’s real or not, but until we know we treat it as real," said Billings Police Department Capt. Jeremy House.

Police urged the public to stay away from the scene until further notice. The standoff was occurring near the base at the rims at North 15th Street.

Capt. Bill Michaelis of the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office said the man was also possibly in possession of a stolen vehicle. Law enforcement pursued the man in the suspected stolen vehicle to the base of the Rims.

A SWAT team has also responded to the incident.

School District 2 locked down all schools in Billings briefly as a result of the chase. Billings parochial schools, including Central Catholic High School, were notified via a shared resource officer, said Central High School Principal Shel Hanser.

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Law enforcement surround a man

Law enforcement surround a man they say threatened them with explosives after a high-speed chase that ended on the Rims above North 15th Street on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Meeting mid-day with reporters, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said police are working to "isolate and stabilize" the situation to "buy time" to allow negotiators to do their jobs.

The suspect may have a weapon, but police aren't certain, St. John said. That's why police have not moved closer to the man's location, he said.

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General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.

General Assignment Reporter

Reporter for The Billings Gazette.