Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On May 29, 2024, at 6:33 PM, the Missoula Police Department issued a statement regarding a tragic incident that occurred earlier that day resulting in the death of a 39-year-old male in police custody. Police Public Information Officer Whitney Bennett has the details. 

“Just before 1:30 PM, Missoula Police Officers were dispatched with Missoula Rural Fire Department to the 2400 block of Dixon Avenue to a report of a structure fire, likely caused by a criminal act,” Bennett said. “Upon arrival, officers attempted to detain a male related to this investigation. The male was uncooperative and resisted arrest. After a prolonged physical altercation, Bennett said the male became unresponsive.” 

Bennett said officers administered Narcan, performed CPR, and deployed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) until medical professionals arrived. However, the male was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

“The Missoula Police Department extends its deepest sympathies to the decedent’s family for the loss of their loved one,” Bennett said. “This is a deeply concerning situation that affects us all, as law enforcement professionals, we are sworn to preserve and protect life.” 

According to Bennett, the Missoula Police Department requested the Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) investigate this incident.  

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“DCI is leading an independent investigation into this incident and the Missoula Police Department is cooperating fully with their investigation,” Bennett said. “Per our department policy, the involved officers have been placed on administrative leave. We ask for the community’s patience and understanding as the investigation proceeds. We are committed to being open and transparent throughout this investigation.” 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the DCI. We will provide updates as more information becomes available. 

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