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Feb 5, 2010 11:12 AM by Breanna Roy

Missoula police standoff closes busy road

MISSOULA - Thursday afternoon's police standoff on 38th Street caused quite a commotion in one part of Missoula.

The scene on Dore Lane was quite unusual on Thursday afternoon as the road was closed from K Mart 39th Street while Missoula law enforcement dealt with the standoff at the home on 38th Street.

The man suspected of severely abusing a kitten who died apparently shot himself as police attempted to serve the suspect with a warrant.

After hearing a gunshot go off, police checked all duplexes surrounding the complex to remove anyone from potential harm and then they gave residents in surrounding homes the option to leave. Meanwhile, police turned away anyone attempting to enter the neighborhood.

A small group of kids who go to Meadow Hill Middle School and live in the neighborhood were supposed to return home during this time, but instead stayed at school until all was clear. And K Mart remained open, carrying on business as usual.

Police kept the section of Dore Lane closed for just under two hours, and say that no one else was injured in the incident.

The situation all began on Sunday night when Missoula police responded to a home on 38th Street after neighbors reported screaming coming from inside.

Once officers arrived they found the 4-month old kitten "mercy" soaking wet, bloody and unresponsive. Missoula Animal Control officials say the suspect tried to flush the kitten down the toilet. They also believed the suspect either stomped on it or threw it against the wall.

The kitten was then taken to Pruyn Veterinarian in Missoula, but because of the extent of it's spinal injuries, it was taken to Washington State University Veterinary Teaching hospital in Pullman because they had MRI equipment.

However, on Wednesday afternoon the kitten was euthanized because a MRI showed it had a broken back.

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