According to reports, a suspect who boarded a bus Wednesday in Butte and took hostages surrendered after ten hours of conflict with the police,
The suspect was apparently armed with an explosive device and a firearm. According to reports, shots were fired, but none of the hostages were wounded. According to Butte police officers were fired on the bus to force the suspect out. None of the officers were injured.
The scene took place when a single suspect boarded a Jefferson Lines bus and ordered the driver to go to the Butte courthouse, according to a witness.
The Great Falls Tribune reported that the gunner had allowed all but one passenger to leave the bus. The last hostage left the bus around 14:30. after negotiation with the authorities.
The Butte Civic Center, located nearby, was evacuated and the surrounding streets were blocked while authorities negotiated with the suspect.