On Friday, Missoula County Chief Assistant District Attorney Matt Jennings gave our listeners some sobering news when he delivered the Weekly Crime Report.
First, he said he was deeply concerned about the number of violent crimes to be reported this week.
“Over the past year and I’m guessing most of 2022, we’ve averaged about 13 felony complaints filed every week,” Jennings began. “It’s been a very busy week because we’ve had 21, and one of the things that stands out this week is that of those 21 felony complaints that we filed, 11 of them were actually violent crimes, and only one of them was a drug crime.. We often see a bit more of a mix of property and drug crimes in our community, but something was happening this week.
One case that caught Jennings’ attention is this week’s burglary that ended with SRT and SWAT teams responding to a residence due to a standoff with suspects.
“With all the technology people have today, one homeowner saw his alarms going off and he was able to observe people in his own house while he was out of town and it was really terrifying. But luckily our law enforcement responded very, very quickly. And I’m always amazed by the dedication of our local law enforcement and how quickly they’re able to get to the scene of situations like this, and make sure other crimes aren’t committed and everyone is safe.”
Jennings continued his description of the standoff with authorities.
“Unfortunately these individuals locked themselves in the house and there was a standoff for a long time,” he said. “I have personally observed over the past few years the training and experience of our SWAT or they call SRT officers here in Missoula, and their ability to defuse situations like this using every method possible before the violence should not be used. ”
Jennings described even more violent and disturbing crimes that came through the county attorney’s office.
“We also have serious crimes this week,” he said. “We have three sexual assaults involving minors, and these are some of the most tragic and infuriating crimes we see in our community. But it’s something that we dedicate a lot of our time and resources to making sure we take it absolutely seriously because I think everyone in our community can relate to children more than anyone else being innocent and deserving justice if they were victimized by someone else.”
Bail for the two burglars was set at $75,000 by Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway.
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