South Hills SWAT standoff suspect held on $250K bail

Zoe Buchli

A Missoula man is jailed pending $250,000 bail after a daylong standoff with Missoula SWAT that ended Thursday evening.

Scott R. McKinney, 52, is charged with one count of assault with a weapon.

Missoula Police started receiving warnings about McKinney’s alleged behavior around 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

The first caller reported to dispatch McKinney had made threats to shoot him — he told 911 a “shooter situation” might happen, according to Missoula County charging documents.

Later in the evening, other witnesses called to report the confrontation between McKinney and the first witness. They also reported McKinney was acting up at another residence, yelling and banging on windows.

A fourth witness reported McKinney was on top of a house waving firearms around. They said a ladder was propped up against the house near where McKinney was standing.

As the witness was driving away, he saw McKinney with a handgun, aimed at the witness, charging documents stated.

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McKinney was following the car’s movement with the weapon for about 30-45 seconds. The witness said he was scared, and believed the suspect could have “either shot or killed” him or the passengers

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