A suspect who had boarded a bus on Wednesday in Butte, Mont., And had taken hostages, reportedly surrendered after a ten-hour confrontation with the police.
The suspect was allegedly armed with an explosive device and an explosive device a firearm According to reports, several shots were fired, but none of the hostages were injured. Butte police said chemical agents were fired into the bus to get the suspect out. None of the officers was injured.
The scene developed around lunchtime when a single suspect boarded a Jefferson Lines bus and ordered the driver at gunpoint to drive to Butte's courthouse, such a witness. The bus was on the way to Billings from Missoula.
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. The Great Falls Tribune stated that all but one of the passengers had left the bus. The last hostage left the bus at 1
The nearby Butte Civic Center was evacuated and the surrounding streets closed while the authorities negotiated with the suspect, reported Missoulas KTMF-TV.
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In the evening, the SWAT unit of the Butte Police had their weapons still pointed at the bus, which was in a parking lot near the city center. Sheriff Ed Lester said the suspect has a handgun and an explosive device.