Posted: Aug 17, 2013 7:11 PM by MTN News
Updated: Aug 17, 2013 7:11 PM
UPDATE: Saturday, August 17th, 2013:
Charles Stratton has been arrested after an hours-long standoff with Cascade County Sheriff's officers on Saturday.
Officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, just north of Belt.
When they arrived, a woman ran from the home and reported that her husband had assaulted her.
Stratton refused to come out of the house and made threats to kill anyone trying to enter the house. Three children were known to be in the home at that time.
The SWAT team was then dispatched to the scene.
Negotiations were initiated, and some time after noon, all three children were released unharmed.
At about 2:45 p.m., the SWAT team entered the house and took Stratton into custody without anyone being injured.
32-year-old Stratton is facing charges of partner/family member assault (misdemeanor); felony criminal endangerment; obstructing a peace officer (misdemeanor); and probation violation. He was already on probation for a robbery conviction.
The woman was taken by ambulance to Benefis hospital for treatment of her injuries and has since been released.
Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards, in a press release, thanked the Belt Rural Fire Department, Belt Volunteer Ambulance, Mercy Flight, and the Salvation Army's "Sally One" who stood by in the area and provided required assistance as the incident unfolded.
GREAT FALLS - The Cascade County Sheriff's office was called to a reported domestic disturbance at a home north of Belt just after 4:30 a.m. on Saturday.
When deputies arrived, a woman ran from the house and said that her husband had assaulted her.
Deputies secured the area when the man refused to come out of the house.
A SWAT team was then dispatched to the scene.
A press release from the Sheriff's office said that as of 11:30 a.m., the situation is "contained" and negotiations with the man are continuing.
We will update you when new information is made available.