HELENA – The Helena Police say a Gallatin Co. man was arrested and sent to the State Hospital at Warm Springs after allegedly making threats to shoot-up the State Capitol.
According to authorities, police received information about the possible threat just after noon on Tuesday. Helena Police, working with Bozeman Police, were able to ID the man on Wednesday and confirm with the Gallatin Co. Sheriff’s Office that the man had left Belgrade headed for Helena.
Police say they stationed additional officers at the Capitol on Wednesday morning and alerted state officials and other law enforcement agencies of the possible threat.
Just after noon, the Montana Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle near Spokane Creek Rd. and Highway 12 East and took a 40-year-old man from Gallatin Co. into custody. MHP released the man to the custody of Helena Police who then transported the man to St. Peter’s Health for a mental health evaluation.
Helena Police say after working with the Lewis and Clark and Gallatin Co. Attorneys Offices a decision was made to turn the man over to the Montana State Hospital at Warm Springs.
Police have not released the identity of the man or said whether he could face charges in Gallatin or Lewis and Clark Counties. They also did not say whether the man had any weapons when he was taken into custody by the Montana Highway Patrol.
This is a developing story; we will update you when more information becomes available.