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SWAT team called to Kalispell neighborhood

By Kevin Lessard, KCFW Reporter, klessard@kcfw.com
Published On: Jul 22 2013 04:37:57 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 22 2013 06:51:06 PM MDT
KALISPELL, Mont. -

The Flathead County Sheriff's Office was called to Airport Road after a man allegedly tried to flee from an officer with a high-powered rifle.

Sheriff Chuck Curry told NBC Montana that a deputy was responding to a harassment complaint on Airport Road.  When he pulled into the driveway, he was shocked by what he saw.

The deputy reportedly saw 48-year-old Kevin McCulley taking off after an officer was coming to question him about a complaint.

The deputy made it to a safe place and called for the SWAT team, who set up a perimeter and warned neighbors to lock their doors and stay inside.

The SWAT team made contact with McCulley and after an hour on scene, he turned himself in without incident.

“The SWAT team is just there to provide some extra personnel, man power, tactics, and weaponry that we don't have the ability to supply our regular patrolmen with for obvious reasons,” said Curry.  “It's just to keep things safer, to make sure the public, the officers, and the suspect are protected as well."

McCulley is facing charges of obstruction of an officer, assault on an officer, and the original harassment call the deputy responded to his house for.