Posted: Apr 1, 2013 10:02 PM by Katy Harris
Updated: Apr 2, 2013 7:48 AM
BUTTE - A police officer was wounded after a shot was fired during a standoff with an armed, suicidal man on Dewey Boulevard on Monday evening.
The suspect was taken to St. James HealthCare with a self-inflicted knife wound to the abdomen. Officers responded to the 1600 block of Dewey for a report of a suicidal man around 4:30 pm.
Sheriff Ed Lester says the man told police officers that he was heavily armed and while officers were talking with the man on the phone, the suspect fired a shot.
Eight officers were on scene when the shot was fired. Lester says it's possible the bullet went through two walls and a piece of shrapnel hit an officer in the bicep while he was in the garage.
Dewey Boulevard was blocked off between Hill and Paxon streets while the SWAT team surrounded the house, with 20 officers responding to the scene, including Montana Highway Patrol and a state investigator.
Lester says this is the first time he's seen an officer wounded while on duty.
"In my entire career I've been at a scene where shots were fired before, never having an officer being wounded before. That's the biggest thing and the most frightening aspect of it is that the officer was wounded in the course of his duties."
The standoff lasted almost three hours and came to an end around 7:20 p.m. The name of the suspect and officer has not yet been released.
The officer was treated and discharged Monday evening, with Lester saying the officer will take a few days off from work to recover.
The suspect was still receiving medical treatment Monday night.