Man Shot by Kalispell Police in Critical Condition

Sheriff Chuck Curry says investigation of the incident continues on Looking Glass Avenue

By Justin Franz
The scene of an officer-involved shooting at Looking Glass Avenue in Kalispell on Jan. 12, 2016. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

The man who was shot by two Kalispell police officers on Tuesday remains in critical condition as the investigation of the incident continues on Looking Glass Avenue.

According to Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry, the man who allegedly approached two Kalispell police officers with a gun is still in the intensive care unit at Kalispell Regional Medical Center as of Wednesday morning. A hospital spokesperson said the man was listed in critical condition after undergoing surgery yesterday.

According to the Kalispell Police Department, two officers responded to a report of a suicidal woman at a home on Looking Glass Avenue shortly after 1 p.m. After the officers entered the home, they said a man came out of a back room with a long rifle and threatened them. The officers allegedly told the man to drop the weapon and when he did not, they opened fire.

The woman was not injured during the incident but was taken to the hospital for an evaluation. She was released Tuesday night.

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting and the two officers involved have been put on paid administrative leave, per department policy.

Curry said it’s unclear how long the investigation would take and that it is too early to say if the man who allegedly threatened the officers would be charged with a crime. He said his department has been in contact with the Flathead County Attorney’s Office and that the decision to press charges lies with them.

“These things take time,” Curry said. “We’re treating this like we would any investigation. Our goal is to determine what exactly happened to the best of our ability.”

Curry said Looking Glass Avenue was still closed as of Wednesday morning.

Police have not identified the man who was shot.

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