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Man in custody, officer wounded in Butte standoff

Published On: Apr 01 2013 08:33:19 PM MDT
Updated On: Apr 02 2013 12:46:35 AM MDT
BUTTE, Mont. -

A 38-year-old Butte man is in custody and an officer wounded after a standoff this evening.

According to Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff Ed Lester authorities responded to the scene after a call to 9-1-1 reported a potentially suicidal man in the 1600-block of Dewey Boulevard.  First responders made contact with the man on a cell phone and learned that his three children were in the house, he was heavily armed and loading a firearm.

Lester says officers were familiar with the man.  Negotiators were able to get the subject to release the children.  The sheriff advised that at no time be the incident considered a hostage situation.

During negotiations, the subject fired a round, striking an officer in the arm.  The officer was treated for the wound at a Butte hospital.

After extended negotiations, the subject agreed to surrender.  He was taken into custody and treated for what appears to be a self-inflicted knife wound.

The name of the subject and the name of the wounded officer were not released.