Buck Ridge Rescue

(Gallatin County, Mont.)  On Thursday July 12, 2018 at 2:54 pm., the Gallatin County Dispatch Center received a call reporting an injured ATV rider ten miles up from the Buck Ridge Trailhead south of Big Sky. The injured party, a 32-year-old male from California, had sustained a shoulder and rib injuries when the ATV he was a passenger in rolled while trail riding.

Personnel from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in Big Sky responded on ATV’s and motorcycles, complete with all the necessary rescue gear and emergency medical equipment.

Rescuers met the injured party at the scene of the crash approximately one hour after the initial call for help.  The injured male was traveling with a group of friends who were also on ATV’s.  After an initial assessment of his injuries, rescue personal braced and secured his shoulder and loaded him onto one of their rescue ATV’s.  The patient was transported back to the trailhead and turned over to family members, who then transported him to the Big Sky Medical Center for treatment.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind ATV riders to use caution when recreating in the backcountry, even when on a marked trail.  Changing terrain and trail conditions can sometimes bring unexpected problems to a fun day of backcountry riding.  Always remember to ride with a partner and carry a reliable means of communication in case of an emergency.

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Quinn Creek Fugitive Apprehended

At about 1:30 PM, Shaunsey Cole, the target of a multi-agency manhunt, was taken into custody near Quinn Creek Road, in Park County.

Multiple law enforcement officers from several agencies were in the area searching for Cole when a homeowner called 911, stating that Cole was attempting to get access to her residence.

Officers responded to the area and K-9 teams began to track the subject. The teams apprehended Cole a short time later. Cole was medically cleared and transported to the Park County Jail. He will be charged with attempted homicide for shooting at Park County deputies. He has other warrants pending as well. A GCSAR search dog later found his gun.

This ended a 36-hour search that included law enforcement personnel from Park County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police, Livingston Police, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Billings Police Department, Montana State University Police, FBI, and ATF.

Aircraft support throughout the operation was provided by Two Bear Air, Ridge View Aviation, Department of Homeland Security, Montana Highway Patrol, Galt Ranch, and the Yellowstone National Park Service.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

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Quinn Creek Incident Suspect Identified

Law enforcement is currently searching for Shaunesy Cole in relation to the incident on Quinn Creek this morning.  Cole is a 36 year old white male, 5′ 11″ tall, 170 lbs with a red mohawk haircut.  Law enforcement is actively searching for Cole in the Quinn Creek area.  If Cole is located, do not approach and call 911.

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Updated – Law Enforcement Looking for Armed Suspect

Law Enforcement is currently searching for an unknown subject in the Quinn Creek area of Bozeman Pass who was involved in a shooting with law enforcement earlier this evening.  Suspect is a white male with a red mohawk that is pressed down.  The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.  If seen, do not approach and call 911 immediately.

This release has been amended to reflect updated suspect information.

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Armed Suspect in Quinn Creek Area

This is a message from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. An armed suspect is currently being looked for by law enforcement in the Quinn Creek area on Bozeman Pass. The suspect was involved in a shootout with law enforcement and is now on foot in the area. Everyone in the area is to remain inside their houses with their doors locked and do not open your doors. Law enforcement is currently searching the area and will be moving around the houses. If someone who is not a law enforcement officer in uniform approaches your home, call 911. More information will be provided when it is available. This message was sent at 2:30 am on July 11th.

This message was posted automatically from the Community Notification System.

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Bozeman Man Dies on Jefferson River

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

Sunday morning at 11:45 , Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Three Forks Fire, Willow Creek Fire, AMR and REACH Air Medical responded to a report of an unresponsive man in the Jefferson River whose kayak had flipped at the diversion dam, just south of the Sappington Bridge. Rescuers found 72 year old Bruce Vanlandingham of Bozeman on an island between Sappington Junction and Williams Bridge.   CPR was in progress when responders arrived and continued until the man was pronounced deceased at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Cause of death is being investigated by the Office of the Sheriff/Coroner.

Sheriff Gootkin stated, “Two people were out on calm water doing everything right and tragedy still struck.” The Sheriff would like to remind floaters that accidents can happen on the calmest of waters.  Ensure you float with a partner, wear a PFD and carry some form of communication in a waterproof container so you can call for help if needed.  Photos courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office.



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Belgrade Death Investigation

(Belgrade, Mont.) On June, 30, 2018 at approximately 10:00 AM, Belgrade Police Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of 9th Street as it was reported a male subject was trapped under the hood of a vehicle.  Officers responded and located an adult male victim who was pronounced dead at the scene.  This matter is still under investigation pending a report from the Medical Examiner’s Office. The identity of the victim has not yet been released by the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office.  Any further questions can be directed to the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office or Detective Sergeant Dustin Lensing with the Belgrade Police Department (406)388-4262.

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Great One Rescue

Wednesday was a busy day for Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue. Late morning, a mutual aid call came in from Stillwater County; Two Bear Air was in the Bozeman area for a meeting with local SAR teams and was diverted to Stillwater.

Shortly after noon, Dispatch received a call about a man who had fallen while skiing the Great One and hurt himself in the slide. Search and Rescue teams and a helicopter contracted with SAR responded. The SAR helicopter transported the man to an AMR ambulance waiting at the bottom. Another skier was unable to get down safely and was given a ride to the bottom.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind everyone that even experienced skiers can get into trouble on the Great One. Both skiers made good decisions in asking for help. If you plan to ski the Great One, don’t go before 11 am, to give it time to soften up enough to get an edge. Hike up the run to check conditions so you know what you are getting into. Always ski with at least one other person who can call for help.

Photos courtesy of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

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Injury from Horse Wreck Sends Indiana Woman on a Helicopter Ride

(West Yellowstone, Mont.) On June 26, at 2:46 p.m., West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a call reporting a horseback rider had been injured when she was thrown at Lower Whits Lake 10 miles north of West Yellowstone.

Rescuers from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Hebgen Basin Fire Department and a helicopter from Air Idaho responded.

Based on the reported injuries along with an initial assessment by a Gallatin County Deputy, the decision was made to launch a helicopter. Meanwhile, a second ground team responded with a wheeled litter. The helicopter was unable to land at the immediate scene and chose a second landing zone a short distance away. A third team responded to the second landing zone and led the Air Idaho Medical Team to the patient’s location.

The injured rider, a 37 year old female from Indiana, appeared to be in an extreme pain and was complaining of neck, back, shoulder and head pain. The Air Idaho medic was able to administer pain medication before the patient was packaged onto the wheeled litter. Rescuers then transported the patient the short distance to the Air Idaho helicopter that then transported her to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for evaluation.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind people on horseback adventures in Montana’s backcountry should keep an eye out for hazards such as unsecured gear or belongings that can suddenly fall causing your horse to react. Horseback riding can be very enjoyable and safe but always consider that the horse has a mind of its own.  Photos courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office.

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Scams Circulating Gallatin County

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received a number of complaints from citizens regarding various phone scams that are circulating the area.

One scam involves a caller informing people who answer that they have criminal charges pending and to send money for these charges to be dropped. The scammer informs the person to call a number and arrange payment.  These callers are intimidating, convincing, and persistent. Please do not respond to their requests.

The second type of scam involves callers impersonating an Amazon Account representative claiming that there is an issue with the order they placed. The caller asks the person for specific account details and credit card information. Do not give any information they ask for. If you have an Amazon account, and you want to make sure the call is legitimate, call Amazon directly from the number on your statement. Do not call the number the impersonator gives you.

Another scam involves callers impersonating Medicare representatives from the “Pain Relief Department” requesting personal information such as your date of birth, your social security #, etc. Again, this is a scam, do not give the caller any information. If you receive Medicare and you want to make sure the call is legitimate, call the number from your Medicare card. Do not call the number the scammer gives you.

Another scam involves a person impersonating a relative such as a grandson, niece, etc. The caller states they are in jail and need money for bond. The caller advices them that their attorney will call them after they hang up and arrange for the payment of the bond. Again, this is a scam do not give them any information or send any money in any form.

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