GFPD stand off

GREAT FALLS- Law enforcement responded to a “potentially volatile” situation in the 700 block of 2nd Avenue Southwest Wednesday.

After a four-hour standoff with a suicidal man wielding a compound bow, the Great Falls Police Department says they were able to get him into custody without any harm to anyone involved.

“We are proud of the efforts of the GFPD negotiators and other officers on scene,” GFPD says.

The man came across as agitated when officers first arrived, said GFPD Lt. Doug Otto, threatening to harm himself or anyone around him. However, he did not shoot a single shot at anything or anyone throughout peace talks with those on the scene.

During all that, Otto says keeping everyone involved safe was GFPD's number one priority.

"That's the first and foremost piece. We want to make sure [the man is] safe. We don't want to harm him, that's our biggest thing," said Otto. "We want this to end safely and then figure out what the specific situation is as we get more out of talking with him, and get him help if we can do that."

Out of safety concerns, police asked about seven or so homeowners living near the incident to evacuate, while guiding anyone away if they needed to travel to or from the area using vehicle blockades. The roads there have since reopened.

Since the man didn't fire any arrows, Otto tells Montana Right Now he's unsure as to whether there will be charges against him.

INCIDENT IN PROGRESS - We are working a potentially volatile situation in the 700 block of 2nd Avenue Southwest. We have...

Posted by Great Falls MT Police Department on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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