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  • Video captures altercation involving off-duty Missoula police officer

    Published On: Jul 26 2015 10:52:44 PM MDT   Updated On: Jul 26 2015 10:31:00 PM MDT
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    This weekend, NBC Montana learned that the Missoula County Sheriff's Office responded to a scuffle at the Missoula Celtic Festival on Friday that involved an off-duty Missoula police officer.

    An Alaska man, Matthew Holman, shared with NBC Montana a cell phone video, shot by his friend, which captured the altercation.

    He said before the video starts, a man was dancing about three feet away from the off-duty officer's group, with a toddler present. The man's enthusiastic dancing, he said, was kicking up dirt.

    "I can see the dirt is kind of flying a little bit in her direction and I was thinking man, he's getting a little close, but, you know, it's not going to hurt anybody," said Holman.

    It's then, Holman says, that the officer approached the dancing man and told him to go somewhere else. The other man, he says, shouted back at him to leave him alone.

    "He just stood there a couple feet away between his child and the man dancing, just staring at him, still kind of heated and the man was dancing some more and that's kind of where the video picked up, is the guy started dancing again and he was even more vigorous and enthusiastic and at one point kind of bumped his back into the other guy's front, and at that point, he just tackled him and went into the tree with him," said Holman.

    Holman says after that, deputies arrived.

    "I don't know who to help. I knew the one guy was the aggressor but do I want to jump in and get hurt?," said Holman.

    Holman said deputies told him the man identified himself as an off-duty police officer, which we later confirmed with the Missoula County Sheriff's Office. Holman said he supports law enforcement and the difficult job they do, but said he wants Missoula residents to know what happened.

    "This guy needs to be held accountable," said Holman.

    The Sheriff's office said both men were treated for minor injuries. The dancing man, reportedly, was bleeding and had injuries on his face and arm, and the off-duty police officer reportedly had a bite mark, according to the sheriff's office.

    No arrests were made, and we're told the dancing man declined to file charges or cooperate with sheriff's investigators.

    We made multiple calls to the Missoula Police Department on Saturday and Sunday, with questions about what happened, and about the off-duty officer involved. The only response we received was an email Sunday from Police Chief Mike Brady, who told us he was aware of the incident and expects to learn more on Monday. We'll let you know what happens.

  • Suspicious death outside hospital under investigation

    Published On: Jul 26 2015 08:10:02 PM MDT   Updated On: Jul 26 2015 08:08:00 PM MDT
    Suspicious death outside hospital under investigation
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    Missoula authorities are investigating a suspicious death they say occurred Sunday afternoon in a vehicle outside St. Patrick Hospital.

    At 12:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to St. Patrick after a caller reported a person inside a car parked outside the emergency room with serious injuries, police officials said.

    By the time officers arrived, the injured person was dead.

    We're told an investigation is underway.

    Sergeant Jerry Odlin said the vehicle is being processed by detectives, and they believe the deceased was driven to the hospital by another person.

    "One person is being interviewed, and we are trying to determine what happened," Odlin said.

    No word yet on where, when, or how the person was injured before they died.

    The person's name has not been released.

  • Webcam shows July snow on Lone Peak

    Published On: Jul 27 2015 06:34:42 PM MDT   Updated On: Jul 27 2015 06:43:14 PM MDT
    July snow

    bigskyresort.com

    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    Big Sky resort's web camera near the top of Lone Peak shows a winter-like scene in July.

    First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mark Heyka says snow can be expected above 8,000 feet Monday in western and southwestern Montana.

    The Interactive Tram Cam faces down from the top of the Lone Peak Tram at 11,166 feet and faces the Mountain Village.

  • Police launch homicide investigation after man found dead in car

    Published On: Jul 27 2015 12:48:01 PM MDT   Updated On: Jul 27 2015 06:40:19 PM MDT
    Suspicious death outside hospital under investigation
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    Missoula police launched a homicide investigation after a man was found dead in a vehicle Sunday outside St. Patrick Hospital.

    Another man drove the victim to the hospital early Sunday afternoon, but when paramedics got outside, the victim had already died. Investigators say he'd been shot. They are now working with police in Spokane, Washington, to see if the shooting happened there.

    No arrests have been made. The name of the victim has not been released.

    An autopsy was planned Monday.

  • Cool, wet weather helping Glacier park firefighters

    Published On: Jul 27 2015 09:52:15 AM MDT   Updated On: Jul 27 2015 02:33:45 PM MDT
    WEST GLACIER, Mont. -

    Fire crews were taking advantage of cooler, wet weather in battling the Reynolds Creek Fire in Glacier National Park.

    The fire has burned about 5 square miles of timber, brush and grass in rugged terrain on the north shore of St. Mary Lake since it started on July 21. One hotshot team planned to work Monday building fire line above Going-to-the-Sun Road while another planned to extinguish hotspots at the head of the fire. Crews have completed fire line around the east end of the fire, which is now 30 percent contained.

    Fire officials say when the sun comes out between rain showers, hot spots revive and fire spreads across the forest floor.

    The St. Mary Visitor Center at the east entrance to the park reopened Monday, but an 18-mile stretch of Going-to-the-Sun Road remained closed.

  • First Alert Weather: Week starting very cool and wet, much warmer weather ahead

    Published On: Jul 27 2015 04:40:36 PM MDT   Updated On: Jul 27 2015 06:03:20 PM MDT

    An autumn like storm system is bringing much needed rain to Montana.

  • First Alert Forecast: Beneficial Rain & Cooler

    Published On: Jul 27 2015 08:58:39 AM MDT

    We are tracking cold front that will bring some pretty big, but brief, changes to the area. Areas along and south of I-90 will see as much as half an inch of rain. Highs today will be the upper 50s to mid 60s.

  • Celtic Festival scuffle prompts internal investigation for Missoula police

    Published On: Jul 27 2015 06:19:20 PM MDT