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Missoula suspect pulled from Clark Fork River

Posted at 8:08 AM, Jun 18, 2019
Clark Fork River Rescue
Emergency crews staging on the Clark Fork River in Missoula on 6.18.19. (photo credit: Katie Miller/MTN News)


At a media briefing Tuesday morning, Missoula County Sheriff spokesperson Brenda Bassett said they were not aware the suspect was armed.

“I wasn’t aware that there was an alert put out by UM.  As far as I know, there had been some rumors that there were shots fired, but that hadn’t come through dispatch or any of the reports that we got.  And we weren’t aware that any of them were armed.”

Bassett said the man was not wearing a shirt when he jumped into the Clark Fork River. He was only wearing shorts and shoes.

The suspect was taken to St. Patrick Hospital.  His condition is unknown at this time.

Stay with KPAX for updates on this developing story.

(2nd report)

MISSOULA – Our reporter on the scene reports that crews have located the suspect in the incident and have pulled the person from the Clark Fork River near Silver Park in Missoula.

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office also reports the individual has been pulled out of the water. CPR was in progress and he was being transported to the hospital as of 9 a.m.

River rescue in downtown Missoula.  Photo credit: Tamara Lewis

Spokeswoman Brenda Bassett says the incident began at around 7:30 a.m. when authorities received reports of a stolen vehicle.

Bassett says that when the stolen vehicle was located near the 1400 block of East Broadway it was stopped.

Four people were in the vehicle, three were detained while one jumped in the river.

(first report)

MISSOULA – Authorities are scouring the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula for a suspect who is possibly armed and dangerous.

Local law enforcement is working in the area of the Kim Williams Trail and the dog park as they search for the suspect, who may have jumped into the river.

Multiple police units are in the area and a search and rescue boat has been launched into the Clark Fork River.

A helicopter searching the Clark Fork River on 6.18.19. (photo credit: Justine Stewart/MTN News photo)

A helicopter is also in the air in an attempt to find the suspect.

There is additional security set up on the Unversity of Montana campus near the Adams Center at this time due to the situation.

The University of Montana Police Department sent out an alert at 8:25 a.m. stating that there was no longer any threat on campus. A girls basketball team camp with teams from all over the state is taking place at the Adams Center.

We’ll have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.