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Suspect in Jefferson County murder kills himself in Missoula

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Missoula police officers tried to arrest the suspect in the 3600 block of Rattlesnake Drive at around 11:51 p.m. on Tuesday. Missoula police officers tried to arrest the suspect in the 3600 block of Rattlesnake Drive at around 11:51 p.m. on Tuesday.
A woman's body was found on Sunday near Jefferson City A woman's body was found on Sunday near Jefferson City
MISSOULA -

The man who authorities believe killed a woman in Jefferson City over the weekend shot and killed himself during a traffic stop in Missoula on Tuesday.

Missoula Police Department spokesman Sgt. Officer Travis Welsh says that Missoula police officers tried to arrest the suspect in the 3600 block of Rattlesnake Drive at around 11:51 p.m. on Tuesday.

Welsh says police had their weapons drawn while making the attempted arrest because they heard the 33-year-old suspect could be armed. Officers were also aware that the man was a suspect in a homicide in a neighboring county.

The suspect shot himself during the traffic stop. The man's name has not yet been released.

The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the man's death at the request of Missoula County Attorney's Office and the Missoula Police Department

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holten tells MTN News that two other people were in the vehicle with the suspect at the time of the traffic stop and death. Holten added that his office will investigate the circumstances behind what led up to the death.

Montana Department of Justice spokesman Eric Sell says at the request of MT DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation, police officers were conducting surveillance on the suspect at a residence in the 3600 block of Rattlesnake Drive in Missoula.

Sell says that the suspect and two others drove away from the home, and police followed the vehicle and pulled it over.

The officers knew the suspect was potentially armed, so they got out of their patrol car with weapons drawn, and waited for a backup unit to arrive, according to Sell. 

As the officers waited for the backup unit to arrive, the suspect shot himself. The two other people in the car were taken into custody.  

In a press release, Sell identified the woman who was found dead on Sunday in Jefferson County as Cassandra Dean Morrison of Butte; Morrison was 45 years old.

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