At around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, a Missoula Police Department officer responded to the Poverello Center to break up a verbal argument between a male and female. The involved parties were 35-year-old Ryan Salas and 44-year-old Tara Littlelight. The officer discovered that Salas was intoxicated and was the aggressor. Salas received a warning and was asked to leave the area for the evening.

Approximately one hour later, the officer was re-dispatched to the Poverello after Littlelight struck Salas over the head with a golf club. Upon arrival, Salas confirmed that Littlelight caused him pain by striking him over the head with a golf club after another verbal argument. Salas was still intoxicated and difficult to understand.

The officer reviewed surveillance video of the altercation. The video showed Littlelight striking Salas multiple times with the golf club. At that point, two bystanders stepped in and grabbed the golf club away from Littlelight. Officers later located Littlelight inside a tent on Poverello property and took her into custody. She is currently being charged with assault with a weapon.

At 6:25 p.m. that same evening, officers responded to the Poverello Center again for another incident where a weapon was involved. A Poverello employee explained that he was casually speaking with a male when Salas become upset and interjected himself into the conversation.

Salas and the male began to argue and their conversation became heated. During the argument, Salas threatened to cut the male’s jugular and brandished a knife in his hand. The situation eventually deescalated, and Salas and the male separated. The employee said Salas put the knife in his coat pocket.

An officer located Salas and attempted to get his side of the story. Salas was heavily intoxicated and refused to converse with the officer. Salas then became angry and began yelling and spitting. Officers placed him in a spit hood and transported him to jail. Salas is currently being charged with attempted assault with a weapon.

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly available.

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