UPDATE: Armed Man Found Dead in Lincoln County

Sheriff’s office had asked people near Happy’s Inn to stay in their homes, lock their doors

By Justin Franz
Sheriff's vehicle. Beacon file photo

Update: May 2, 8:40 p.m.

An armed and dangerous individual who prompted a manhunt near Happy’s Inn is dead, the Western News reports.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office announced on Facebook Wednesday evening that a “code red alert” had been lifted but offered no other details about the situation that prompted law enforcement to tell local residents to stay inside and lock their doors earlier in the day.

At around noon, the sheriff’s office warned people to avoid the area along U.S. Highway 2 between McGinnis Meadows and the Flathead County border as they searched for a man who was believed to be suicidal, armed and dangerous. The Western News reports that the man, who has not been identified by law enforcement, may have used a vehicle to ram a home before he fled into the woods.

Flathead County Sheriff’s Chuck Curry said Two Bear Air was dispatched to Lincoln County to help with the search.

This story will be updated when additional information becomes available.

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