Standoff with armed suspect in North Bozeman


(Bozeman, Mont.)  

The Bozeman Police / Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team is currently working to resolve a standoff with an armed subject in a residence on the 1200 block of North 9th Avenue in Bozeman.  Just after 4:30 a.m., Bozeman Police Officers responded to a 911 call from subjects who had fled the residence after an altercation with the suspect who reportedly fired a shot during the incident.  In addition to the Special Response Team, Bozeman Police, Gallatin County Sheriff, Bozeman Fire, Montana Highway Patrol and American Medical Response Ambulance are on scene working to safely resolve the incident.  More information will be released as it is available.

Belgrade Incident-February 7, 2016

patchBELGRADE, MONT.- At approximately 0350 hours on February 7, 2016, Belgrade Police Officers responded to a home invasion and assault at a residence on Quaw’s Boulevard in Belgrade. One suspect was arrested at the scene and has been charged.  A second suspect fled the scene but was located and taken into custody on unrelated charges on the morning of February 8, 2016.  Additional charges may be pending.  We believe this was an isolated incident, there is no threat to the general public and no suspects remain at large.  This matter remains under investigation and the Belgrade Police Department cannot make further comment, however we are actively seeking any witnesses who may have additional information.  Additionally, Detectives are searching for a 2007 Red Mercury Mountaineer, possibly bearing Montana Registration 3-88186A, which may have been involved in the incident.  The vehicle has possibly been abandoned at an unknown location.


German Woman Injured in West Yellowstone Snowmobile Incident

img_0248-6.jpeg(West Yellowstone, Mont.) On February 7, 2016 at 11:12 a.m., the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call from a snowmobiler on the Two Top Trail approximately 2 miles west of West Yellowstone. The caller reported that his wife, a 56 year old female from Frankfurt Germany, suffered a shoulder dislocation when she was thrown from their two up snowmobile as he attempted to turn around on the trail.

A Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy and the West Yellowstone Division of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded.

The team went to the location retrieved from the 911 call GPS coordinates and located the female who was experiencing extreme pain.  The team was able to use a two-up tracked rescue four wheeler to safely transport the injured female to rendezvous with a Hebgen Basin Fire Department Ambulance. She was transported to Big Sky Medical Center for treatment.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind beginner snowmobilers that riding requires proper preparation and awareness regarding personal abilities and the limitations of the snowmobile.  Two-up snowmobiles are designed for riding long distances in comfort therefore they are larger, heavier and less maneuverable than entry level snowmobiles. Any quick maneuver by the driver can catch the passenger off guard and result in them being thrown from the snowmobile.

Norris Road Crash Victim Identified

img_0248-6.jpeg(Gallatin County, Mont.) The Office of the Sheriff/Coroner identified the person killed in the crash on Norris Road as 25 year old Spencer Shrader of McAllister, Mt.  The crash was reported at 11:32 A.M. by a DOT employee.  The crash is being investigated by the Highway Patrol in conjunction with the Sheriff/Coroner.


Back County Skier Dies in Hyalite


(Bozeman, Mont.) On Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 2245 hours, dispatch received a 911 call from the girlfriend of an overdue backcountry skier.  Nathaniel “Alex” Wright age 20 an MSU student from Alaska was skiing alone in the History Rock area of Hyalite Canyon and was supposed to be home by 8:30 P.M..  Temperatures overnight in Hyalite were in the single digits above zero. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded with snowmobiles and backcountry skiers and used night vision from Reach Medical Helicopter.  At about 6:30 A.M. Rescuers located Wright deceased.  He was off the trail well north of History rock near Hyalite Creek.

Sheriff Gootkin extends his condolences to family and friends and stated, “Sometimes we let the closeness of the backcountry in Gallatin County lull us into a false sense of safety.  You may be able to see town but you really are in the back country and if something goes wrong it can turn tragic.  In this case it appears he had an equipment malfunction which led to a cascade of events ending in his death.”

Remember; be prepared to stay out over night, take a partner and let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.  The exact cause of death is being investigated by Deputy Sheriff/Coroners.

Photos courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office: Rescuers working on the Hyalite Canyon Road and the area where Wright was found.

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California Snowmobiler crashes on Two Top

  On February 2, 2016 at 1:29 p.m., the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a third party 911 call reporting a snowmobiler on the Two Top trail near the Idaho border who had sustained knee and ankle injuries when the snowmobile he was riding entered a tree well and struck a tree. The snowmobiler, a 74 year old male from Huntington Beach California, was located by two other snowmobilers in his group who were able to make the 911 call.
Personnel from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, and the West Yellowstone Division of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, responded. 

A Rescue team located the group using the GPS coordinates retrieved from the 911 call. The Rescue team discovered that upon impact with the tree, the snowmobiler had sustained moderate lacerations on both knees and was complaining of lower back pain. The snowmobiler was quickly packaged onto a rescue sled for the slow ride out to rendezvous with an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. The injured snowmobiler was transported to Big Sky Medical Center for treatment.  

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers to know their limitations and stay on marked trails. The off trail areas are unmaintained and can be full of unseen hazards. Be alert for hazards such as tree wells or hidden stumps as which can be unpredictable and unforgiving. Always let another member of your group know if you venture off trail keeping in mind that the most dangerous situations can occur if you get injured when you are alone.  Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s office 


Name Release of Death Saturday


(Gallatin County, Mont.) On January 30, 2016 at 12:45 A.M., emergency medical services were called to a local business on Gallatin Park Drive in Bozeman.  Two subjects, a male and female were found by employees of the business to be unresponsive.

The male was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, but 20 year old Bozeman resident Natalie Dietrich was determined to have died on scene.  Her death is still under investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office and the Bozeman Police Department.  A Forensic Examination is scheduled for early next week.  ######

Counterfeit Currency



During the week of 01-24-16, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received reports of at least 3 counterfeit one hundred dollar bills passed in the Big Sky area. The bills were passed in more than one business. Due to surveillance cameras in one of the local businesses a description of the two individuals and their vehicle were made available.  Upon further investigation and surveillance the two individuals were caught as they passed another counterfeit bill in one of the same businesses.  The investigation is still pending at this time.


If anyone or any business experiences having accepted a counterfeit bill they are advised to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Gootkin recommends businesses educate themselves in detecting counterfeit currency.  He also suggests businesses obtain a special marking pen which detects counterfeit bills to avoid accepting them.