On Wednesday, May 30th, around 8:30 pm, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a runaway 12 year old male near Big Sky.  The male was last seen around 5:40 pm in a heavily wooded area adjacent to an urban area.  An unsuccessful initial search was conducted by friends and family of the missing boy and several law enforcement officers. 

  Concerned about the age of the male, the oncoming darkness, and the inherent dangers of the area, Gallatin County Deputies led a combined backcountry and urban search for the missing child.  Multiple deputies, the Big Sky division of Gallatin County Search and Rescue, the Montana Highway Patrol, and members of the Big Sky Fire Department searched several urban and backcountry areas for the boy. 

  Around 10:30 pm, the Chief of the Big Sky Fire Department located the missing juvenile in a local movie theater.  The boy was watching television in a lobby area.  He was safely returned to his mother.



  On May 30, 2012, at approximately 5:25 PM, Kathleen McDunn called 911 from her residence at 3103 Springhill Road.  Kathleen reported that her husband, Henry McDunn, had been shot by a female identified as Diana Arnold.  She reported that her husband was holding the defendant down waiting for deputies to arrive and within approximately 5 minutes Arnold was taken into custody. 

  Our investigation revealed that Mr. McDunn was shot twice, once in the head and a second time in the chest.  Mr. McDunn was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital (BDH) with one gunshot wound to the chest, and one to the back of the head that exited near his left eyebrow.     

  Investigators learned that the McDunns and Arnold had been involved in an ongoing civil lawsuit prior to this incident. 

  Deputies discovered where a screen had been cut out and a ladder had been placed against the house to gain entry.  Investigators found a .22 caliber pistol, along with evidence to support the charge of Attempted Arson.  Deputies located Arnold’s car approximately 1/3 of a mile from the scene and the vehicle was seized.  

  Arnold was taken to BDH due to injuries she sustained during the altercation with Mr. McDunn.  At this time, both Arnold and Mr. McDunn remain in BDH.  Arnold is in our custody and will be transported to the Detention Center upon release from the hospital.  She will be charged with Attempted Deliberate Homicide 45-5-102, Aggravated Burglary 45-6-204(2b), and Attempted Arson 45-6-103. 

 Our investigation is ongoing.  If you have any questions, please contact Sheriff Gootkin.

Man Rescued from Roof of his Car in the Gallatin River


On 05-27-12 at approximately 0535 hours, the 911 center received a report from a motorist driving on Hwy 191 near the mouth of the canyon at mile marker 70. The passing motorist noticed a vehicle in the Gallatin River with a person standing on the roof yelling for help. The passing motorist called 911 and notified authorities.


The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue with the Gallatin Gateway Fire Dept, Montana Highway Patrol and AMR responded to the scene. First on scene Deputies were able to provide the stranded motorist with a PFD and a throw rope while Search and Rescue launched a boat to make the rescue. There were no other passengers in the vehicle.


The Montana Highway Patrol noted the vehicle was traveling north bound from the Greek Creek Campground. The driver lost control of the vehicle and drove off the west side of the road just before the bridge at the Gallatin River. The vehicle entered the water were it floated down river approximately 100 yards before coming to a rest. The driver crawled out of the vehicle to the roof where he yelled for help.


The Montana Highway Patrol noted that alcohol was a factor in the crash and the driver was arrested and taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center. The swift response of rescuers resulted in the driver being pulled from the river unharmed.


Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office


On the evening of May 12, and during the early morning hours of May 13 an individual driving a late 1990’s to early 2000’s model two-tone Dodge quad cab pick-up truck with running boards drove through the areas of Amsterdam School and Manhattan Bank.  The truck is suspected in causing damage to the landscaping  and the parking lots. This has been an ongoing problem.


If you have information please call the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 582-2100.





 Recently our Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Bozeman Police Department received numerous calls in reference to a scam where someone calls a senior citizen and tells them “your grandson is in jail and needs money”. The Sheriff’s Office took a report from an 80 yr old woman who sent $8,000.00 to the Dominican Republic for her grandson, who she believed was in jail. 


 If someone calls your residence and advises that a family member is in jail somewhere other than Gallatin County, please contact our Dispatch Center at 582-2000 Extension 2.  Do not provide any financial information until law enforcement can help you confirm the information they are providing you. 


 If you have elderly parents, family members, or friends, we encourage you to contact them with this information.


 If you (Media) have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Sheriff Brian M. Gootkin



Update on Possible Abduction in Manhattan


Manhattan Police Chief Dennis Hengel stated tonight at 11:30 p.m.that Police received a call from a local citizen who indicated that she and her brother and her little sister were “messing around” when her brother grabbed her sister and put her in the car. The information gathered during the investigation confirmed that these events were not criminal in nature.

The Manhattan police department and all law enforcement agencies appreciate the quick reporting of an event that appeared to be a crime. We would like to thank those individuals who took the time to report what they thought was a legitimate criminal incident.

During the response, a wide area search was conducted by 8 agencies.  Chief Hengel stated, “We take these things very seriously and responded accordingly.”

At approximately 7:30 this evening a witness in Manhattan reported what they believed to be an abduction of a teenage female.

According to the witness, a male in a green sedan tackled the female following what aoppeared to be an argument and put her in the vehicle.

The 8 agencies, with more than 40 law officers conducted an extensive sweep of northern and western portions of Gallatin County, Broadwater and Jefferson Counties as well as issued a state-wide alert.

“Thankfully this was just a misunderstanding, but it shows that local law enforcement is prepared to respond quickly and appropriately to these types of calls,” said Chief Hengel.  “We appreciate the great cooperation of all the agencies involved.”


Quick call to 911 and a quick response make for a quick search

(Bozeman, MT.) On the afternoon of Sunday, May 06, 2012, at about 5:00 p.m., Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel, two Sheriff’s Deputy SAR Coordinators, and two troopers with the Montana Highway Patrol responded for the report of a lost 6 year old child in the area of the “M”. A mother and her two small children were on an afternoon hike up the steep trail to the “M”. The mother lost sight of her son, and he would not answer her shouts. After a short time, she called 9-1-1 to report her son as lost.
As chance would have it, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Posse was conducting training at the Emergency Operations Center, located at the fairgrounds. Numerous searchers responded to the call, and were at the “M” trailhead in moments.
Another hiker on the trail came upon the boy, and was able to reunite him with his mother before any SAR personnel headed up the trail. One of the troopers, who was very close when the call came out, had started up the trail, and confirmed that the child had been located and was safely back with his mother.

Sheriff Gootkin stated,  “We have excellent rescue personnel and Deputies to handle things that go wrong.  In this case the mother calling 911 early, the quick response of the Deputies and Troopers and having the searchers close at hand all made for a happy ending.”  ####

Sheriff Identifies victim of crash on 19th

On May 3, 2012 the Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office responded to a one vehicle rollover accident that occurred at 19th and Goldenstien.  The driver of the vehicle, identified as Jerry Rickman, 62 years of age, was transported to the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.  Mr. Rickman died as a result of the injuries he sustained during the rollover.