Suspect charged in Flathead houseless man’s death

A man who was killed over the weekend in Kalispell was a member of the Flathead’s houseless community, according to local officials who work with houseless people in the Flathead area.

Early Sunday morning, police responded to Appleway Drive and Meridian Road in Kalispell for a reported assault. When they arrived, they found a man with substantial injuries, identified by the Flathead County Sheriff as Scott Bryan, 60. He was brought to a nearby hospital but died from his wounds, according to a news release from the Kalispell Police Department.

Tonya Horn, Flathead Warming Center executive director, said on Tuesday that Bryan was a member of the houseless community in Kalispell, and was an easygoing friend to people he knew. According to the shelter’s intake papers, Horn said Bryan was from Eureka and had been houseless since February of 2022.

“He was peaceful, quiet and really respectful,” said Chris Krager, executive director of The Samaritan House, a Flathead houseless center, adding Bryan was a well-known local.

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