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Townsend suicide leads to standoff, evacuations

2013-02-28T10:22:00Z 2013-02-28T17:47:02Z Townsend suicide leads to standoff, evacuationsBy SANJAY TALWANI Independent Record Helena Independent Record
February 28, 2013 10:22 am  • 

An apparent suicide in Townsend drew multiple law enforcement officers and led to the evacuation of neighboring homes early Thursday.

Broadwater County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an assault and then received a second assault report about 15 minutes later, according to a statement by the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations.

After investigating the complaints, deputies reached the residence of the suspect, a 28-year-old male, on the 600 block of North Front Street at 5:04 a.m.

They attempted to contact the man but heard a gunshot  according to the statement. After more deputies and Montana Highway Patrol troopers arrived, they heard another shot.

Surrounding residents were evacuated, and the scene was secured at 6:36 a.m., the department said.

Deputies entered the home and found the man dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His name was not released.

No shots were fired by the six sheriff’s office personnel and three troopers on the scene, the department said.

The incident remains under investigation by the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Criminal Investigations and Lewis and Clark County coroner.

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