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Details emerge in Flathead County armed suspect arrest

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KALISPELL - A Libby man is behind bars after a Monday incident that prompted an emergency alert being sent to the residents of the Somers and Lakeside area.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says the incident began when authorities were told of a burglary that had happened in the Kalispell area.  The suspect -- who has been identified as Kevin Ray Mitchell, 30, of Libby -- is the victim’s son.

Several weapons and survival gear was taken during the incident, according to Sheriff Curry who added that the suspect also had stolen a pickup truck from a friend’s residence on Monday afternoon. 

Mitchell was reportedly under the influence of methamphetamine and was reported as very unstable.

Sheriff Curry says that at around 4:30 p.m. on Monday a log truck driver reported finding the vehicle in the road about six miles up the Cramer Creek Road near Lakeside. The eyewitness also saw the Mitchell run into the woods. 

Deputies responded to the scene and found that a rifle was missing from the vehicle.  Sheriff Curry added that an alert was pushed out to residents in the area warning them of the individual and requesting they lock their doors and report anything suspicious. 

Two Bear Air and Flathead County SWAT responded to the scene and Mitchell was spotted in the woods by the helicopter. He was then taken into custody without incident, according to Sheriff Curry.

Mitchell, who was was hypothermic, was hoisted into the Two Bear Helicopter and transported to the Lakeside Ambulance before being taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

Sheriff Curry says that Mitchell has been charged with burglary and felony theft.   


(1.16.18 report)

KALISPELL - Flathead County authorities arrested an armed suspect in Lakeside without incident Monday night.

There are no further warnings for residents.

No immediate details were available on why the man was wanted by law enforcement. We will bring you more information as we get it.


(first report)

The Flathead County Sheriff's Office has issued an emergency alert to the residents of the Somers/Lakeside area.

They are looking for a man with a gun and ask all residents to stay inside and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. 

No other details have been released. 

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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