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A man shot his wife and unsuccessfully tried to kill himself Thursday afternoon in a home west of the Wye.

Missoula County Sheriff Mike McMeekin would not release the name of the suspect or his victim at the scene Thursday. He said deputies made a forced entry to the house on Fred's Lane after the suspect failed to respond to orders by loudspeaker. The man was taken by Life Flight helicopter to a Missoula Hospital.

The incident started about noon when the suspect called 9-1-1 and said he had shot his wife, McMeekin said. The suspect also said he planned to shoot himself.

Deputies blocked access to the road and sent a Special Response Team to the trailer home near the end of the road. Officers also went door-to-door through the sparsely populated hillside to warn residents. Area families were asked to make other arrangements to pick up their children from school.

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