On July 1st, 2016, at approximately 1657 hours, a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper was dispatched to check the welfare of an adult male who was sitting on the guardrail, under the 7th Street overpass, on Interstate 90, westbound. While conducting the welfare check, the Trooper was informed that the suspect had a $10,000.00 warrant out of Gallatin County for assault with a deadly weapon. As the Trooper attempted to restrain the suspect he pulled a knife and threatened the officers on scene, stating that he “wasn’t going back to jail”. The suspect then pointed the knife at his own chest resulting in a lengthy standoff with law enforcement officers from Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol and Bozeman Police Department.
During the standoff, both the east and westbound lanes of Interstate 90 were closed and traffic was diverted off the interstate at the 307 exit.
The suspect eventually gave up and was arrested. He was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for evaluation.
The incident ended without any injuries to the officers involved or the suspect.