Law enforcement, crisis center followed protocol after teen's arrest


HAMILTON, Mont. - Reports that a Hamilton mental health crisis center refused admittance to a young man accused in a shooting threat last week has created disquiet in the community.

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman said the statement that appeared in a court affidavit appears to have been written for brevity, and needs further explanation.

Adam Chambers was arrested after making alleged threats to shoot students at Hamilton High's graduation.

"He would not have been accepted at West House," said Hoffman, "because he was already in law enforcement custody, and there's a separate protocol to get into West House once a suspect is in custody."

The protocol has "worked well for several years," he said.

"West House has worked closely with law enforcement, and does a great job," that's made a "huge difference," he said.

Hoffman said once the suspect was in custody, the process for mental health evaluation began almost immediately.