UPDATE (5:23 P.M.) – The Helena Police Department released new details Wednesday on the arrest of Cascade Co. Sheriff Robert “Bob” Edwards.

For the first time police say alcohol may have been a factor in the alleged assault of a woman on June 15.

Just before 5:30 p.m. on June 15 police were called to a disturbance at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena.

A caller informed the 9-1-1 dispatcher that heard a woman yelling about a gun and about being thrown in to a television.

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Police say it was determined that Edwards was the man in the room with the woman.

According to a news release Wednesday, officers also determined that medical assistance was not needed.

Edwards was cited for misdemeanor Partner Family Member Assault. Police also said that it is unknown if the hotel sustained any property damage and no restitution requests have been made.

Helena Police also released audio from the 9-1-1 call that day.

Sheriff Edwards has taken a voluntary leave of absence from his position.

If convicted he faces a maximum of one year in jail and a $1000 fine. The case is being prosecuted by the City of Helena’s Attorney’s Office.


GREAT FALLS – The Helena Police Department has released audio of the 911 call that was made on June 15 that resulted in Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards being cited for misdemeanor partner-family member assault.

The incident happened at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena shortly before 5:30 p.m. on June 15.

Edwards is accused of pushing a woman into a T.V. stand, allegedly causing injury.

According to the “call for service” log of the Helena Police Department, the person who reported the incident from the hotel told dispatchers that a woman could be heard yelling about a gun and heard her screaming about a man throwing her against a TV.

There has not been any confirmation from law enforcement at this point that a gun was involved, nor have any weapons-related charges been filed.

The call log notes that the call was made by law enforcement officers from Flathead County and Garfield County; the hotel was hosting the Montana Sheriff’s & Peace Officers Association annual convention at the time.

Edwards pleaded not guilty at his initial hearing before Judge Robert Wood in Helena later that night.