Havre standoff ends with suspect's death

2014-04-07T13:41:00Z 2014-04-11T15:00:07Z Havre standoff ends with suspect's deathGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
April 07, 2014 1:41 pm  • 

HAVRE -- An unidentified gunman who held off police for nearly 21 hours was pronounced dead Monday night at a Havre hospital, the Havre Daily news reported.

Acting Police Chief Gabe Matosich told the newspaper that the gunman, who had faced police at a US Bank in a standoff since about 11 p.m. Sunday, was taken to Northern Montana Hospital by ambulance after police heard a shot ring out at 7:42 p.m. Monday.

Matosich said that no law enforcement officer fired any shots.

Matoshich told the newspaper that the event began Sunday night when a police officer tried to make a traffic stop for a minor violation. The man stopped his car and fled the vehicle after a short pursuit.

Havre police officers and, later officers from Great Falls, negotiated with the man, Matosich said.

The officers were continuing to negotiate with the suspect when the shot rang out, Matosich said.

As of late Monday night, the man had not been identified.

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