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Confrontation with Armed, Suicidal Woman

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

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On the morning of July 30th, Big Horn County (Montana) dispatch received a call from a man claiming to be the husband of a woman who was attempting to commit suicide. He said that his wife had called, asked him to take care of their kids and told him that she'd purchased some ammunition for his gun in order to kill herself. Dispatch relayed this information, along with a vehicle description, to the rangers on duty. About 30 minutes later, Ranger Mike Klubek located the woman at the Headgate trailhead, sitting outside her vehicle with a 12 gauge shotgun and a half-empty bottle of whiskey. Klubek backed up his patrol vehicle and took a cover position with firearm drawn while calling for backup. Klubek utilized the patrol vehicle's public address system to command the woman to drop the weapon. Minutes later, rangers Jessica Korhut and Josh Anderson arrived on scene and also took cover positions, backing up Klubek. The woman passively resisted, but eventually obeyed commands to the point where rangers were able to place her in a position of disadvantage and take her into custody.       



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