A person is in police custody after a standoff in a Billings West End neighborhood that lasted at least three hours Thursday night.
The Billings Police Department closed streets around a Rose Park neighborhood Thursday night around 6 p.m., saying they believed a male suspect with a felony assault warrant could be armed and refusing to come out of a home on the 2200 block of Avenue B.
Shortly after 9 p.m. police vehicles that had been blocking off the street began to approach the house.
The person taken into custody was uninjured, and responding officers were also unharmed, said Billings Police Officer Tom Keightley, speaking at about 9:15 p.m.
More information will be available in a press release that will be issued to media outlets by Friday morning, Keightley said.
Officers initially arrived at the home and saw someone inside the residence, BPD Assistant Chief Jeremy House said. After police tried to make contact with them someone inside locked the doors. At some point police received information that the person inside could be armed, House said.
More than one person might have been inside the house on the 2200 block of Avenue B when officers first approached the home, House said.
Multiple residents of houses on either side of the home were evacuated during the standoff.
Backup, including a negotiator were dispatched to the area and by 6:40 p.m. the BEAR armored tactical vehicle used by local SWAT was on scene. A few minutes later, the BEAR was driven onto Avenue B and parked in front of the house and SWAT officers could be seen positioning themselves around the area.
Police set up a perimeter on 22nd Street West extending from Avenue B up to Avenue C. A perimeter was also in effect for a similar area near 24th Street West and House asked that people avoid the area. More than a dozen people congregated in Rose Park to watch, but by the time the standoff ended nearly everyone had already left.
House said he could not name the suspect but said he believed there was a $50,000 warrant for his arrest for felony assault.
Police used a Long Range Acoustic Device or LRAD, to produce loud noises similar to a car alarm near the home. They also fired a flash-bang grenade at one point, although it's unclear if it was fired into the home or at the exterior. Multiple times over the course of the standoff, a police negotiator on a loudspeaker could be heard asking the person inside to come out with their hands up and to call 911 if they wanted to talk to police.
Keightley said the person taken into custody would likely be arrested, but that the police investigation into Thursday night's events is ongoing. Keightly declined to provide details about whether anyone else was in the house during the standoff or how a resolution was reached, saying that more information would be available Friday.