Posted: Jul 7, 2012 9:03 PM by Robin O'Day - KPAX News
Updated: Jul 9, 2012 7:21 AM
MISSOULA- A Missoula County man took his own life Friday night on Highway 10 West, near the Missoula International Airport, after sending a string of suicidal text messages.
Missoula County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Robert Kennedy says they received a call around 9:30 p.m.and were told the victim's wife had been receiving text messages from her suicidal husband, who had a gun with him and was driving in the Arlee area.
Authorities spotted the car along U.S. Highway 93 North and attempted to pull him over, but the driver continued for about a mile before coming to a stop near the airport. Kennedy says when Montana Highway Patrol troopers got out of their cars, the man shot himself.
"The troopers went, got out of their car, had visual of the suspect. At that time, they heard a pop or a bang, which later we determined the suspect had committed suicide at the stop."
No one else was hurt in the incident and the Montana Highway Patrol, Missoula County Sheriff's Department, Missoula Police Department, Airport Police and the Missoula Rural Fire District all responded to the scene.
The victim's age and name have not been released.