Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On June 4, 2024, at 7:19 AM, the Missoula Police Department provided a statement about a shooting that occurred the night before. Police Public Information Officer Whitney Bennett has the details. 

“Just after 7:30 PM on June 3, 2024, officers from the Missoula Police Department were dispatched to the 1700 block of South 8th St. West following reports of a male being shot,” Bennett said. “Upon arrival, first responding patrol officers attempted life-saving measures. Unfortunately, the 56-year-old male was pronounced deceased at the scene.” 

Bennett said the Missoula Police Department extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. 

“Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time,” Bennett said. “Witnesses reported that the 35-year-old suspect, John "Joan" Eikens, returned to her residence with the firearm and barricaded herself inside. In response to this situation, the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were activated.” 

According to Bennett, detectives also responded to the location for further investigation into the originating incident.  

“CNT made numerous attempts to establish contact with the homicide suspect over several hours, utilizing verbal communication and messaging, but these efforts were unsuccessful,” Bennett said. “Subsequently, SWAT employed various procedures and operations to apprehend the suspect, including the use of less-than-lethal methods, including chemical agent and flash sound distraction devices.” 

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Shortly after 11:00 PM, SWAT successfully took the Eikens into custody without further incident. Bennett wanted to assure the community that this was an isolated incident, and that there is no ongoing threat to public safety. 

We will provide more information about this incident when it becomes available. 

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