BOZEMAN — A six-hour standoff between authorities and a man inside his Gallatin County home ended peacefully when authorities decided they didn't have enough information to make an arrest, the sheriff's office said Tuesday.
Officers chased a man who fled an attempted traffic stop Monday afternoon, Three Forks Police Chief Troy Burdick said.
Burdick said the man made it inside his home between Three Forks and Logan. Sheriff's authorities took over and surrounded the residence, described as a farm covering a large area, with officers from the Montana Highway Patrol and the Bozeman Police Department.
The sheriff's office said the standoff lasted until 11 p.m. Monday.
Sheriff James Cashell told The Associated Press that authorities tried to contact the man inside the home, but declined to say whether the man responded or what was said.
Authorities remained outside based on the belief the man may have been armed, Cashell said.
"We assume in Montana that every home has a firearm. That's just the way we live here," the sheriff said.
The sheriff's office said the initial information indicated the situation was unstable and fluid, which led to the response.
Cashell declined to release the man's name or other details, saying the investigation was ongoing.
Update 6:50 a.m.: An official with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office says the standoff has ended. More details will be reported here as they are made available.
BOZEMAN — Authorities in Gallatin County have surrounded a home near Three Forks after a man suspected of criminal mischief and violating a protection order led police on a chase after an attempted traffic stop.
Three Forks Police Chief Troy Burdick said officers tried to stop "a person of interest" on Monday afternoon in connection with an earlier crime, but he did not elaborate. The man fled police and holed himself up in a home between Three Forks and Logan.
Burdick said authorities are investigating a residential fire in Three Forks that was reported just before 1 p.m. Monday, but he would not say if the man involved in the standoff is connected to the blaze.
A helicopter, a special negotiations unit and a K9 unit from Bozeman were at the scene later Monday, as were Gallatin County Sheriff's deputies and Bozeman police.