UPDATE: A standoff on Bozeman’s west side ended peacefully this morning when the fugitive was taken into custody.

Law enforcement negotiated for almost four hours this morning with Chad Earl Williams who was reportedly armed inside a home on Yerger Drive. Williams is listed on the Montana Department of Corrections website as a probation absconder. He was sentenced to prison in 1996 on charges of attempted deliberate homicide committed with a dangerous weapon.

Williams was taken into custody at around 10:15 a.m., according to Cpt. Jason Jarrett of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. Williams will be held at the Gallatin County Detention Center where the warrant from Missoula will be served. He will then make an initial appearance in Justice Court and eventually be transported back to Missoula.

The situation ended peacefully, according to Jarrett.

“Everything worked out good,” he said.

Here's a video of the arrest from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office:


A standoff is underway on Bozeman’s west side this morning with a fugitive who is inside a home on Yerger Drive.

At around 3:50 a.m. Gallatin County dispatch got a tip that a fugitive from Missoula County was in Bozeman. Law enforcement responded to 406 Yerger Drive where five people were removed from the home, leaving Chad Earl Williams alone. Witnesses said Williams is armed with a 9mm pistol, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

Williams is listed on the Montana Department of Corrections website as a probation absconder. He was sentenced to prison in 1996 on charges of attempted deliberate homicide committed with a dangerous weapon.

Some people have been evacuated from Yerger Drive. The City/County Special Response team responded to assist with evacuations and to set up a perimeter.

Negotiators have been speaking with Williams since 6: 30 a.m. Law enforcement will remain in place until Williams is taken into custody, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.