UPDATE---6:31 a.m.

Missoula County Sheriff's deputies apprehended the suspect involved in two shooting incidents late Thursday night. Public Information Officer Brenda Bassett said the suspect was apprehended without incident.

"At approximately 6:15 Friday morning we were able to take 29 year-old Jonathan Bertsch into custody without incident," said Bassett. "In the 16000 block of Thornburg Lane in the area where the search had been going on all night. We were able to take him into custody without incident and now our deputies can go home to their families and we are asking for prayers for the wounded Montana Highway Patrol trooper."

The trooper is being treated at Missoula's St. Patrick Hospital.


The investigation into two related shooting incidents is underway in western Montana. The first occurred on Airway Boulevard where two men were shot in a vehicle. The other vehicle fled the scene and one man was involved in an officer involved shooting in which a Montana Highway Patrol trooper was injured.

Following that shooting, authorities have shut down Highway 93 North near Evaro and are advising residents to shelter in place, lock their doors and call 9-1-1 is they spot anyone suspicious near their property.

Frenchtown School buses will not be running in that area due to the incident.

Mostly cloudy in western Montana with highs in the low 40's.

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