UPDATE: Mineral County Sheriff Releases Statement About Robbery
Updated 09:30am 3/19/23
Mineral County Sheriff Ryan Funke has released an official statement about the incident that occurred in St. Regis on Saturday. The full statement is below and can also be viewed on the Mineral County Sheriff's Facebook page:
The Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, the Sanders County Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol were part of an officer involved shooting near the Travel Center in St. Regis, Montana.
The suspects were involved in an armed robber in Osborn, Idaho earlier in the morning of March 18.
Mineral County Dispatch advised that witnesses observed two individuals walking away from the suspect car in the St. Regis area.
Law enforcement learned of the location of one suspect and was able to take that suspect into custody without incident.
Prior to contacting the second suspect, a hostage was taken.
When law enforcement arrived on the scene, the hostage was shot by the suspect. Law enforcement then engaged the suspect and the suspect succumbed to his injuries.
All suspects have been accounted for and there is no threat to the public safety at this time.
The investigation has been turned over to the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations.
The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is handling the coroner duties and the suspect has been sent to the Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula for an autopsy.
There were no law enforcement officers injured during this incident.
Thank you to all first responders and private citizens that assisted with this incident.
Sheriff Ryan Funke
Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - The Mineral County Sheriff's Office has urged all residents to stay inside and lock their doors due to the fact that there was a suspected armed robbery in St. Regis.
On their Facebook page, the Mineral County Sheriff's Office confirmed that shots had been fired.
The Shoshone County Idaho Sheriff's Office Facebook page released the following information on Saturday afternoon:
'At approximately 8:31am this morning, our dispatch received a report of an Armed Robbery at the 76 Gas Station in Osburn Idaho. The suspects were reported to have brandished a handgun and items were taken from the store. The caller reported the suspects had fled and reported there were two involved, one male and one female. It was also learned there were two other subjects that had remained in the vehicle. A partial vehicle description was obtained and provided to SCSO Deputies.
In the most current post on their Facebook page, the Mineral County Sheriff''s Office stated that 'the community is safe. No other information is available at this time.'
KGVO News is waiting for official details from the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office.