Shooting suspect appears in court
Butte authorities confirm the law enforcement officer injured in a standoff last night has been released from the hospital.
Authorities locked down a neighborhood in Butte for nearly two hours Monday evening, after 911 calls reporting a suicidal man. The suspect, Ryan Patrick Maloney appeared before a Butte judge late this afternoon , charged with assault on an officer. Police say Maloney fired a shot that went through a wall of the home, and ricocheted several times. According to the sheriff, shrapnel from the round hit Lieutenant Jeff Williams in the arm.
Butte-Silver Bow County Sheriff Ed Lester: "They showed a tremendous amount of restraint because they did not return fire and they probably would have been justified in doing so. So, I think this incident ended peacefully based on our performance at the scene, and training or our officers and also the tremendous restraint they showed."
Aside from the "assault on a peace officer" charges, Maloney faces five counts of criminal endangerment. If convicted he could face up to 70 years in prison. The lieutenant who was injured has not returned to work, and right now it's unclear whether he'll have to undergo surgery for metal still in his arm.
Story by KECI News, Missoula, Montana
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