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Shots fired at Missoula police car, no injuries reported

February 12, 2020 GMT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Missoula police officer reported a shot was fired at his car Wednesday morning, prompting officers to close streets and lock down buildings in the downtown area for several hours, Sgt. Travis Welsh said.

The officer, who was not injured, reported his rear window had been shot out at about 9:45 a.m.

“Other officers in the vicinity quickly converged on the area while the officer took cover at a nearby building,” Welsh said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “A perimeter was established around the area and government offices were immediately locked down.”

The police response included an armored police vehicle. Officials have not released any information about a potential suspect.

Lockdowns that affected City Hall and Missoula County administration buildings were lifted at about 2:30 p.m., and the whole area was re-opened by 3:30 p.m.

“We do not believe there is an immediate threat to the public due to the incident this morning,” Missoula police tweeted.