July 23, 2018

(Gallatin County, Mont.) On Sunday, July 22nd,  48 year-old inmate Rodolfo Millan-Calderon committed suicide at the Gallatin County Detention Center.  Millan-Calderon was arrested on Friday afternoon by the Bozeman Police Department on a warrant from Cascade County Justice Court charging him with Incest.  His last listed residence was Great Falls and place of birth was Mazatlán, Mexico.

At about 6:30 A.M. he was let out of his cell with other inmates for breakfast, at which time he walked to the second level and jumped head first onto the floor below. Emergency medical efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin states that the Detention Center averages approximately a half dozen serious attempts every year. Our Detention Officers, mental health and medical providers work with a very challenging population.  We have over 1100 people every year that come into our facility that are credible risks for suicide.  On average, a 1/3 of our inmate population is being treated for suicidal ideations.  An additional third are at risk to become actively suicidal at any given time.  Approximately 80% of the people in our jail have identifiable mental health and or co-occurring addiction disorders.

We work very hard to keep everyone safe in our facility and the people working there do a very good job with a challenging population.

As an independent investigation, we requested the Park County Coroner Al Jenkins to take the case and determine cause and manner of death. State law requires that a Coroner’s inquest be held.  Sheriff Gootkin requested the Division of Criminal Investigation to assist with the investigation. Sheriff Gootkin states, “There is no indication of any criminal act, however, we will make sure that this is fully and impartially investigated.  We will learn everything we can and do what we need to do, to keep everyone safe.”

July 23, 2018

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

Sunday at 1030 am, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies and Search and Rescue personnel, Gallatin Gateway Fire Department, as well as Reach Air Medical Services, conducted a rescue operation to retrieve a woman who had sustained injuries while hiking.  A 37 year old Bozeman woman had been hiking at Gallatin Tower, when she lost consciousness falling on to rocks.  Rescuers were able to locate the woman and transport her to an awaiting ambulance.

Gallatin County Sheriff, Brian Gootkin, would like to remind you when enjoying hikes around Bozeman and Big Sky; be sure to hike with friends.   This not only allows you to have more fun, but creates a safe hiking experience as well. Photos courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office


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