Montana Fight Includes ... Chainsaw

Big Sandy street feud also included knives and a stolen car
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2015 2:07 PM CDT
Montana Fight Includes ... Chainsaw
Not the chainsaw used in Big Sandy's revved-up brawl.   (Shutterstock)

When Big Sandy, Mont., has a street fight, it has a street fight. Residents in the farming town's commercial district watched Monday as a brawl broke out between three men in a sedan and two men and two women in a pickup truck—complete with a knife fight, at least one chainsaw-wielding suspect, and one of the pickup passengers capping off the incident by driving away in the sedan, the Great Falls Tribune reports. Chouteau County Sheriff Vern Burdick says the two vehicles pulled into town around 2pm, with the pickup apparently chasing the sedan after a previous dispute. "All the doors were flying open and people were getting out and running around and hitting each other," says a local deli owner.

That level of chaos obviously wasn't enough for one of the pickup suspects, because he reportedly went back to the truck, pulled out a chainsaw, and revved it up. "He was swinging it around, and they all were scattering," a law office worker tells the Tribune. Burdick notes that the chainsaw was turned off almost as soon as it was turned on and tossed back in the truck, and while one of the men in the sedan suffered a knife wound in his abdomen, it was "superficial." All seven suspects have been identified and four cited for disorderly conduct, reports AP, though more serious charges may follow. (A mother-son duo was accused of stealing $10,000 worth of chainsaws.)

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