Standoff Shooter Faces Four Felony Charges - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Standoff Shooter Faces Four Felony Charges

Posted: Updated:
MISSOULA -

A young Missoula man's bail is set at $100,000, after surrendering early this morning, at the close of a nearly 21-hour standoff with law enforcement.

Court documents reveal Jason Kirchner faces four felony charges, after firing a rifle at police multiple times and making death threats at negotiators.

Those documents also reveal the woman who was inside the trailer with Kirchner was his girlfriend.

Police said she was also arrested on non-related prior charges early this morning.

It all began around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, when police received a call that Jason Kirchner had assaulted a man named Warren Williams on Cooley Street.

Williams told investigators Kirchner had been using drugs heavily and was fighting with his girlfriend, and that he had a gun in the trailer.

"The suspect fired several shots from a fire arm, from inside his residence, fortunately nobody was hit by one of these rounds," said MPD Detective Sergeant Travis Welsh.

Court documents showed Kirchner told a police negotiator "it would be on," if police approached, and that "everyone within a thousand yards is dead."

A SWAT team and other area law enforcement worked all day, and through the night, negotiating with Kirchner, who they learned was armed.

Court documents show one of Kirchner's bullets struck an armored police vehicle, just six inches from an exposed officer.

"Why it came to this level of violence from our suspect, we don't have the full picture right now and that's part of the ongoing investigation, but we believe there may have been some drug use, maybe some lack of sleep that contributed to this," Welsh said.

Police said 12-15 homes in the area were evacuated, but all residents were able to return home sometime after 4 a.m.

Court documents show Kirchner fired the rifle at least 18 times from his trailer, and destroyed an EOD robot in the process.

Court documents show Kirchner's charges include two counts of assault with a weapon, criminal endangerment and criminal mischief.

Kirchner will appear for a preliminary hearing on October 8.

  • NationalMore>>

  • US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition

    US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:02 AM EDT2014-09-16 09:02:06 GMT
    Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.
    Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.
  • Trump Plaza: 4th Atlantic City casino shutdown

    Trump Plaza: 4th Atlantic City casino shutdown

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 08:11:38 GMT
    When Trump Plaza opened on May 14, 1984, Donald Trump called it the finest building in Atlantic City, and possibly the nation.
    When Trump Plaza opened on May 14, 1984, Donald Trump called it the finest building in Atlantic City, and possibly the nation.
  • Northern California wildfire devastates town

    Northern California wildfire devastates town

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 08:11:34 GMT
    Dan Linville and his son were sitting in their living room when they smelled smoke. When they looked outside, they saw a black cloud coming over the hills.
    Dan Linville and his son were sitting in their living room when they smelled smoke. When they looked outside, they saw a black cloud coming over the hills.
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Remembering Beau Weiher: Montana man dies in Glacier National Park

    Remembering Beau Weiher: Montana man dies in Glacier National Park

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:01:41 GMT
    WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - A 22-year-old Montana man has died, possibly after attempting an illegal BASE jump in Glacier National Park. The National Park Service was notified at Saturday night that Beau Weiher, of Missoula, was overdue from a solo day hike in the Many Glacier Area.
    WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) - A 22-year-old Montana man has died, possibly after attempting an illegal BASE jump in Glacier National Park. The National Park Service was notified at Saturday night that Beau Weiher, of Missoula, was overdue from a solo day hike in the Many Glacier Area.
  • Missoula Man Killed in Glacier Park After Base Jump

    Missoula Man Killed in Glacier Park After Base Jump

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:36:29 GMT
    Officials recover the body of Missoula man from the north side of Mount Siyeh in Glacier National Sunday, after what appears to be a failed base jump.
    Officials recover the body of Missoula man from the north side of Mount Siyeh in Glacier National Sunday, after what appears to be a failed base jump.
  • Senate Advances Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Senate Advances Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-09-09 21:37:26 GMT
    Today the U.S. Senate voted 79-18 to advance a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, the landmark Supreme Court decision.
    Today the U.S. Senate voted 79-18 to advance a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, the landmark Supreme Court decision.
  • Idaho Fire Grows, Smokes Up The Bitterroot

    Idaho Fire Grows, Smokes Up The Bitterroot

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:49 AM EDT2014-09-16 04:49:51 GMT
    A flare in fire activity in Idaho closes campgrounds and fills western Montana skies with smoke.
    A flare in fire activity in Idaho closes campgrounds and fills western Montana skies with smoke.
  • PHOTOS: 10-year-old goldfish has surgery to remove tumor

    PHOTOS: 10-year-old goldfish has surgery to remove tumor

    Monday, September 15 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-09-15 18:39:15 GMT
    KHQ.COM - You could say that George the Goldfish is one lucky fish. When George's owners who were reportedly "very attached to him," learned that George had a life-threatening tumor, instead of putting him down or waiting for nature to take its course, they opted for a life-saving operation to save little George's life.
    KHQ.COM - You could say that George the Goldfish is one lucky fish. When George's owners who were reportedly "very attached to him," learned that George had a life-threatening tumor, instead of putting him down or waiting for nature to take its course, they opted for a life-saving operation to save little George's life.
  • Elk Hunter Missing in The Crazy Mountains

    Elk Hunter Missing in The Crazy Mountains

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-09-11 16:51:17 GMT
    Park County Search and Rescue teams scour the Crazy Mountains for an elk hunter missing since Sunday.
    Park County Search and Rescue teams scour the Crazy Mountains for an elk hunter missing since Sunday.
  • Breaking Down BASE Jumping

    Breaking Down BASE Jumping

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:46 AM EDT2014-09-16 04:46:51 GMT
    It wouldn't be a stretch to consider BASE jumping the most dangerous sport. BASE stands for building, antennae, span, and earth-- all fixed objects that the daring jump from.
    It wouldn't be a stretch to consider BASE jumping the most dangerous sport. BASE stands for building, antennae, span, and earth-- all fixed objects that the daring jump from.
  • Deceased Montana Airman to Return Home After 70 Years

    Deceased Montana Airman to Return Home After 70 Years

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:25:01 GMT
    A Montana Airman who was killed in action during World War II will be laid to rest Friday in his hometown of Augusta, Montana.
    A Montana Airman who was killed in action during World War II will be laid to rest Friday in his hometown of Augusta, Montana.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.