HELENA — A man and a woman were arrested Tuesday and charged with assaulting an officer after a struggle in which police and firefighters removed them from a rooftop on Jackson Street just north of Sixth Avenue.
Police Chief Troy McGee said a call came from a business in the area at about 10:30 a.m. reporting people sleeping on the roof of the structure, in the area above CrossCurrents outdoor supply store and the vacant building that is the former site of Coney Island restaurant.
An officer went on top of the one-story roof to ask them for identification and have them move, but the pair was noncompliant and the woman, Libby Snedeker, 22, tried to assault the officer, McGee said.
During that struggle, the man, Daniel Dyson, 30, tried to assault the officer as well, and the officer drew his handgun, McGee said.
That made the pair compliant for a short time until they heard they would be arrested, and the struggle resumed, close to the edge of the structure.
An officer used a stun gun to subdue the male. The female was placed in leg restraints, and both were handcuffed before being removed from the roof via a Helena Fire Department ladder truck.
Through much of the episode, one or both of the pair could be clearly heard shouting at officers, and Snedeker was visibly struggling with officers as passersby watched from the street.
About six police cruisers, a pair of firefighting vehicles and an ambulance responded to the scene.
Both are facing charges of felony assault on an officer, resisting arrest, obstructing an officer and trespassing. Snedeker is also being charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
McGee said one officer suffered mild abrasions and another a sore back.
“I’m very grateful the officers weren’t severely injured,” McGee said.