GREAT FALLS — Bail was set at $2 million for a Great Falls man suspected of killing a Cascade County sheriff’s deputy during a chase while the suspect was awaiting sentencing on a robbery case.
Adam Sanchez Jr. has not yet been charged in the Aug. 14 death of Deputy Joe Dunn.
Sanchez, 40, made an initial court appearance Saturday in his room at Benefis Health System, where his release was revoked. District Judge Greg Pinski also ordered that Sanchez be booked into the Chouteau County jail in Fort Benton upon his release from the hospital.
The decision means Dunn’s co-workers won’t be booking Sanchez into jail.
Prosecutors moved to revoke the release granted to Sanchez while he awaited sentencing for an armed robbery and chase last November. Prosecutors said Sanchez tried to rob a man that he shot with a crossbow and then led law enforcement officers on a chase.
Public defender Matt McKittrick requested bail be set at $150,000.
“The initial investigation that’s emerging has indicated that this gentleman through his conduct has killed a deputy sheriff in our county,” Parker said at the hearing. “He has had meth toxicity so extreme he has had to be hospitalized.”
Sanchez also put several other lives at risk and tried to hit a Great Falls police officer with his car in Black Eagle, near the end of the chase, Parker said.
Authorities have not released the details on the encounter between Dunn and Sanchez, the circumstances that led to the chase, or why prosecutors agreed to release Sanchez from custody after he pleaded guilty last month in the robbery and chase case.
Parker was in a meeting and not available for comment Monday morning.
Funeral services for Dunn are set for 1 p.m. Thursday at Four Seasons Arena, followed by burial with full military honors at Highland Cemetery.