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Deadly Havre Standoff Ends, Police Speak

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After close to twenty-one hours, the standoff that began late Sunday night ended Monday. The events of Monday began over a routine incident.

Acting Police Chief for the Havre City Police Department Gabe Matosich said "one of our officers attempted to make a routine traffic stop for a minor equipment violation. That traffic stop went into a short pursuit."

It was after the pursuit that what may have started as a routine chase turned into standoff.

Matosich said the guy "pulled out a gun at that point and he was threatening to shoot himself. We basically tried to talk to him, talk him down, and to drop the weapon."

While he showed no signs of fighting with the officers themselves. The standoff continued.

It was after a several hours with no sign of an end in sight that other options were explored.

Matosich said "we called in the Great Falls Police and their High Risk Unit. We called Sheriff Bob Edwards and asked for some of his deputies."

It was shortly after Cascade County Sheriff's Deputies arrived that the fatal ending occurred.

After being taken to the hospital, the victim was pronounced dead.

Chief Matosich could not recall if the suspect had previous run-in's with Havre police.

The identity of the person has still not been released. The Fergus County Coroner, who is leading that portion of the investigation for the Department of Criminal Investigation, will not do so until all family has been notified.


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