Man Stabbed in Neck Outside Rural Bar

Suspect is in custody; 36-year-old victim is being treated at Kalispell Regional Medical Center

By Andy Viano

A 36-year-old man was stabbed in the neck outside the Silver Bullet Bar and Casino near Columbia Falls early Thursday morning.

Deputies from the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the bar on Highway 206 at 12:38 a.m. Thursday for a reported assault. When they arrived, they found the victim, who was transported to Kalispell Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Deputies then identified a suspect, 29-year-old Jay D. Hardy of Columbia Falls, and placed him under arrest. Hardy has been booked into the Flathead County Detention Center for assault with a weapon.

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