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Suspect in Butte bus standoff surrenders

Posted at 10:25 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 00:25:29-05

The suspect in the bus standoff in Butte was taken into custody without incident around 9:45 p.m., according to Butte Sheriff Ed Lester.

Sheriff Lester said officers fired a chemical agent into the bus, which forced the suspect out. No gunshots were fired, and the suspect immediately surrendered and was arrested.

An explosives team will remain on scene to make sure there are no explosive devices in the bus.

We will update you when we get more information.


(1st Report, 4:11 p.m.) Butte police and SWAT are at the scene of a standoff at the Butte Transit Station on Harrison Avenue.

Police are currently negotiating with the suspect who had earlier taken someone hostage inside a bus. The hostage has since been released.

MTN News has confirmed the man is armed with a handgun and possibly an explosive device.

Reports indicate that two SWAT team members left a bag by the door of the bus. After the SWAT team members returned to their position, an man was seen running from the bus and was taken away by police.

Another man inside the bus took the bag and went back inside.

People are asked to avoid the area around the Butte Civic Center and the transfer station.

The City-County of Butte-Silver Bow reported that buses are running, however, transfers, pickups, and drop-offs are taking place in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy located at 1275 Harrison Avenue.

We will update you when we get more information.