Posted: Sep 16, 2013 6:03 PM by Claire Anderson - MTN News
Updated: Sep 16, 2013 6:03 PM
GREAT FALLS - A case of mistaken vehicle identity caused some concern for some Great Falls residents downtown on Monday when police drew their weapons during a traffic stop.
It happened near 1st Avenue South between 3rd Street and 4th Street a little bit before noon after police received a report from a woman that her boyfriend or former boyfriend had a gun.
Police blocked off a stretch of the road along 1st Avenue North after pulling over a van with three people inside.
Witnesses say the police had weapons drawn as the three people - two men and a woman - got out of the van with their hands above their head.
The three were put into separate vehicles, and were later taken out for questioning individually.
The Great Falls Police Department says this was a case of mistaken vehicle identity, and had believed the van was part of different investigation.
Two of the three people were released; one of the men was taken into custody for a warrant from Chouteau County unrelated to the traffic stop.
Authorities have not released any other details at this point.
No one was injured during the incident.
Longfellow Elementary School at 1100 6th Avenue South briefly implemented "shelter in place" procedures; we're told that it was because the police pursuit of the van initially began within a few blocks of the school.
There were no indications that any one on school property was in any danger.