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Winston Ritter

Winston Alexander Ritter, 34.

A 34-year-old Missoula man is in jail on a host of felony charges after allegedly burglarizing a house in the Target Range area and fleeing from law enforcement while carrying an AR-15 rifle.

Winston Alexander Ritter is being held at the Missoula County Detention Center on felony charges of burglary, assault with a weapon and assault on a peace officer. He is also facing misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass to property and obstructing a peace officer.

According to Missoula County Sheriff’s deputy Josh Volinkaty, dispatch received a call at about 6 p.m. Sunday of a report of a burglary in progress.

“From the time 911 was called to the time law enforcement responded, information was gathered that someone had exited the residence in question,” Volinkaty said. “While doing a perimeter check of the surrounding area deputies made contact with the suspect, at which time they observed that he had an AR-15 rifle.”

Other deputies and personnel from other law enforcement agencies set up a perimeter.

“The individual was then observed running eastbound through a vacant field, where he was apprehended by a deputy,” Volinkaty said. “The assault with a weapon charge came from certain individuals perceiving him to be a threat based on the actions he made with the weapon.”

Because Monday was a holiday, Ritter has not yet made an initial appearance in court.

Volinkaty said no shots were fired and nobody was injured in the incident.

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