ST. REGIS, Mont. – One robbery suspect was taken into custody and another was fatally wounded yesterday in St. Regis, Montana. According to a press release from the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, that agency in coordination with the Sander’s County Sheriff’s Office, and the Montana Highway Patrol was part of an officer-involved shooting near the travel center.
The release explains that the Mineral County Dispatch advised that witnesses observed two individuals, suspected to be involved in an armed robbery in Osburn, Idaho earlier in the morning on March 18, walking away from the suspect car in the St. Regis area. Law enforcement learned of the location of one suspect and was able to take the suspect into custody without incident.
Prior to contacting the second suspect, a hostage was taken. When law enforcement arrived on scene, the suspect shot their hostage. Law enforcement then engaged the suspect and the suspect succumbed to his injuries.
All suspects have been accounted for and there is no threat to public safety at this time. The investigation has been turned over to the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations. The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is handling the coroner’s duties and the suspect has been sent to the Montana State Crime Lab for autopsy.
The release makes no further mention of the hostage’s condition.
There were no law enforcement officers injured during the incident.