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Kalispell man stabs himself in the neck during traffic stop

Posted: Feb 08, 2018 4:28 PM Updated:

A Kalispell man pulled over for routine traffic stop is now in the hospital after he stabbed himself in the neck.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said that at around 9 a.m. on Thursday a deputy initiated a traffic stop east of Evergreen on U.S. Highway 2.

The deputy ran the driver's name and found that he was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant. When he returned to the vehicle the man had a large knife to his throat.

The deputy called for backup to block the vehicle and contain the situation.

Negotiations began and continued until just after 11:30 a.m. when the man in the vehicle stabbed himself in the neck.

The man was taken from the car and given medical attention immediately as Evergreen Fire & Rescue were on scene.

The 24-year-old man was taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center; his injuries are not life-threatening.

Curry says the man is being detained on a mental health hold.

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