Downtown Havre returns to normal
April 8, 2014
Havre again is returning to normal after a 24-hour shutdown that ended in the death of a gunman on downtown 1st Street.
U.S. Highway 2, which is 1st Street as it runs through Havre, was blocked off from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue, with through traffic diverted from 5th Avenue to 2nd Avenue West while law enforcement negotiated with the gunman, who was outside of US Bank on the 200 Block of 1st Street.
The standoff started about 11 p.m. Sunday and lasted until 7:42 p.m. Monday, when the gunman apparently shot himself.
Acting Chief of Havre Police Gabe Matosich said Monday night that the street would remain closed until the investigation was completed, estimating it would reopen by 1 this morning.
Businesses along 1st Street and Main Street were closed, with Matosich recommending Monday morning that other businesses nearby either not open or lock their doors for safety reasons in case the gunman moved.
Traffic slowed to a crawl, with a flagger directing traffic on the west end of the detour. A power pole was struck when a tractor-trailer missed the turn from 5th Avenue onto 2nd Street.
NorthWestern Energy crews worked to restore the pole while the negotiations with the gunman were ongoing three blocks west.