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The Toole County Sheriff’s Department, along with several other law enforcement agencies, including the Great Falls Police Department’s High Risk Unit, were on the scene of a standoff situation starting Monday morning and continuing into late Monday afternoon. Multiple blocks on Shelby’s north side, including Galena Street, were blocked off for a majority of the day.

The Toole County Sheriff’s Office has identified Jeromy Wade Bryant, age 43, of Kevin, as the victim of the homicide taking place early Monday morning in Kevin, and Richard Allen Moench, 50, of Shelby, as the deceased suspect of the homicide in Kevin and the incident taking place in Shelby on Monday.

 During the morning of April 22, 2019, the Toole County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a female reporting a possible shooting in Kevin. Deputies responded and found a deceased male, later identified as Bryant, at the Kevin residence.

Further investigation revealed that a male suspect, Moench, had taken a female at gunpoint from the Kevin residence to his residence in Shelby. He then barricaded himself and the female hostage in his residence. Toole County deputies cordoned off the area and Toole County Sheriff Donna Whitt contacted the Great Falls Police Department High Risk Team for assistance.

The Toole County Sheriff’s Office also received assistance from a Conrad Police Department negotiator. Officials were able to establish communication with the parties of the residence and ultimately were able to negotiate the release of the female. The negotiations continued with the suspect. At one point the suspect opened fire on officers from inside the residence. Officers were engaged in an exchange of gunfire and the suspect was pronounced dead.

During the incident Toole County received mutual aid from several other law enforcement agencies and at the request of Sheriff Whitt, the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation is conducting the investigation.

This will be an ongoing investigation and as further information is discovered it will be released, with the approval of investigating agencies.

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