At around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, a Missoula Police Officer was dispatched to St. Patrick's Hospital emergency room for an individual who had been stabbed. Dispatch said that the victim was stabbed by his girlfriend. Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh explains.

“The patient was conscious and breathing, and was able to tell the officers the party responsible who he identified as his girlfriend, 27-year-old Shelly Heist,” Welsh said. “He included that the assault happened at a residence in the 1100 block of McDonald Avenue. Other officers went to the scene where they made contact with Ms. Heist. They attempted to speak with her, but she just asked them to take her to jail.”

Court documents indicate the victim said Heist was accusing him of cheating on her and not loving her. Heist began yelling at the victim and told him to leave. The victim said he went to leave but Heist grabbed a knife and was threatening to kill herself. Heist is pregnant with the victim’s child.

The victim said Heist was sitting in the kitchen with a knife holding it to her wrist. The victim stated that he moved to take the knife away from Heist and managed to get it out of her hand. In a single motion, Heist picked up a new serrated steak knife and stabbed the victim in the left side of his back.

“They did eventually arrest Ms. Heist after discovering items of evidence that corroborated some of the statements made by the victim, including a knife that they were able to recover at the scene,” Welsh said. “Ms. Heist was transported to the Missoula County Detention Center where she is currently being held for charges related to the incident.”

When officers responded to Heist’s apartment, they observed dried blood on the vinyl flooring beneath where she was standing. She would not allow officers to enter, but made spontaneous statements about stabbing the victim. Heist was charged with felony assault with a weapon and partner or family member assault.

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