Missoula Police arrest one in predawn raid

Rob Chaney

Missoula Police officers arrested one person after a lengthy predawn standoff around a camper van on Hawthorn Street Tuesday.

The incident started about 2:30 a.m., according to Missoula Police spokeswoman Whitney Bennett. She said an 18-year-old male suspected of “a violent offense involving a weapon” was reported on the 1100 block of West Broadway. The suspect fled on foot and barricaded himself in the camper. 

On the morning of January 24, Missoula police along with a tactical vehicle, converged on a white RV on Hawthorn Street, warning residents to shelter in place.

Witnesses reported a large group of law enforcement officers surrounding the white camper and ordering its occupants to exit. One person came out about 2:50 a.m., they said, followed by a second person.

Officers continued ordering the rest of the occupants to surrender for two more hours. At about 5 a.m. police warned several residents around the intersection of Hawthorn and Toole Avenue to “shelter in place.” Witnesses said they could see about 10 law enforcement vehicles on the scene, including an armored tactical vehicle and dog teams. 

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