EAST MISSOULA – A SWAT team apprehended a 31-year-old East Missoula man after a nearly two-hour standoff with law enforcement officers Saturday.
The man had apparently argued with a friend before going outside the Marshall Grade Road residence in East Missoula, where he allegedly discharged a weapon in the residential area at about 5 p.m., said Paige Pavalone, Missoula County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
“He was having a bad day. He was having some issues,” Pavalone said, adding the man reacted poorly to the situation and that the incident does appear to be alcohol related.
After the shot was fired, the friend ran to a neighbor’s house and called 9-1-1.
Deputies responded to find the man inside a house.
He came out of the house and became verbally combative when an armored SWAT vehicle arrived.
Although the man resisted arrest, no additional shots were fired before SWAT team members were able to take the man into custody shortly after 7 p.m.
It is unknown what type of weapon was fired.
“He was seen carrying a rifle by the caller,” Pavalone said.
Neighbors were not evacuated, but a portion of Highway 200 was closed due to the situation, as were Edgewood Drive and Marshall Grade.
The man’s name was not released pending an arraignment.