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Standoff Shooter Faces Four Felony Charges

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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.

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