Armored police vehicle plays big role in Mont. standoff
Minimizing harm is exactly why police say they purchased the vehicle in the first place
By Kaitlin Bane
BOZEMAN — A standoff in Bozeman could have ended much worse than it did. Bozeman police say patience and technology are big reasons the standoff ended relatively peacefully.
It was the protection provided by an armored vehicle that allowed police to patiently wait outside as they tried to negotiate with the suspect, instead of storming in, putting everyone's lives at risk. Minimizing harm is exactly why police say they purchased the vehicle in the first place.
"Well it allows us to protect the officers, the medics, the negotiators, who happen to be very close to the scene and so we can try to establish face to face or over our PA communication with the subject," said Steve Crawford, Bozeman Chief of Police.