Posted: Sep 24, 2013 4:03 PM by Melissa Rafferty, Jacqueline Quynh - MTN News
Updated: Sep 24, 2013 5:23 PM
MISSOULA - The man involved in a nearly day long standoff with Missoula Police, surrendered early Tuesday morning and is now behind bars.
35-year-old Jason Kirchner appeared in Justice court Tuesday afternoon charged with four felony counts including two counts of assault with a weapon, criminal endangerment and criminal mischief.
The incident happened after a man called police around 7:30 a.m. on Monday to report he had been assaulted by Kirchner.
In court documents the man reported Kirchner had been fighting with his girlfriend and believed he was engaged in heavy drug use.
When police arrived the suspect refused to come out of his mobile home on Cooley Street saying if police approached "it will be on" and "everyone within a thousand yards is dead."
Over the span of the 20-hour standoff, Kirchner fired numerous shots at the Missoula police armored vehicle, Kalispell's armored vehicle and shot the robot that delivered a phone to Kirchner. Several of the bullets also struck nearby trailers. Luckily no police or residents were hurt by the gun fire.
Kirchner's girlfriend was booked into the Missoula County Detention Center Tuesday morning.
At this time, her involvement in the standoff is unknown.
Kirchner faces up to 60 years in prison.