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Man commits suicide after shooting incident

| March 27, 2024 2:00 AM

A man apparently took his own life last Wednesday after a disturbance in Columbia Falls. According to a release from the Flathead County’s Sheriff’s Department, at 10:07 p.m. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a disturbance with a weapon in the 100 block of South. Hilltop.

Deputies were advised a subject had come to the residence and shot at them before leaving the residence. 

Deputies and the Columbia Falls Police Department located his vehicle on the 500 Block of 10th Avenue West just outside Columbia Falls city limits.

Law enforcement attempted to contact the male, who reportedly had several firearms and intended to “shoot it out with police.” according to the release.

The Northwest Regional SWAT Team responded to the home and deployed gas munitions as well as noise flash diversion device, but there was no response from the man.

They then deployed a drone into the home and located the man, who had taken his own life.

The Sheriff’s Department requested the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation further investigate the incident. The man was not identified. The Hungry Horse News does not identify suicide victims unless there are extenuating circumstances.