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BILLINGS - The Laurel Police Department says a 12-year veteran of the agency has been arrested on suspicion of assault after a family disturbance.

Joel Kent Sauter, 36, was taken into custody early Saturday morning.

Authorities say they responded to a home after a report of an assault on a woman at a residence. Authorities say the woman was gone but Sauter was in the house, intoxicated and possibly armed.

The Billings and Laurel police departments, the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, and the Billings SWAT and negotiators team responded.

Officials say Sauter came out of the house after about an hour and was arrested.

Laurel Police Chief Rick Musson says Sauter has been placed on administrative leave with pay during an investigation.

Police say no injuries were reported.

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