Man at Center of Armed Standoff Found Guilty

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A man that caused an armed standoff with authorities in July 2019 has been found guilty in Hill County District Court.

On Friday, Judge Kaydee Snipes-Ruiz found Thompson St. Pierre guilty of felony assault with a weapon and misdemeanor resisting arrest after a brief trial.

An affidavit filed in court last year says at the time of the standoff, St. Pierre had a felony warrant out for his arrest. He was a passenger in the vehicle in a pursuit that began on the Rocky Boy Reservation and continued elsewhere in Hill County.

After the driver of the vehicle was taken into custody, St. Pierre continued to flee on foot. Authorities from the Rocky Boy Police Department and Hill County Sheriff’s Office searched the area.

Authorities spotted St. Pierre in dense brush holding a revolver. A lengthy standoff ensued, with multiple other authorities, including the FBI, being called to the scene. Authorities deployed drones and gas at various points to try and get St. Pierre into custody. St. Pierre was eventually subdued and arrested after allegedly grabbing the rifle of a Great Falls High Risk Unit officer.

St. Pierre’s counsel had previously waived their right to a jury trial in order to have their case directly decided by Judge Snipes-Ruiz.

Sentencing is set for March 4th at 3:30 PM. St. Pierre faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment for the felony count.

 

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