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Scales of justice

A Glasgow man was charged Monday with six felonies after allegedly attacking a Valley County undersheriff with a metal pipe last week.

Tanner Cook, 20, is being held in the Valley County Detention Center on $500,000 bail for felony charges that include attempted deliberate homicide and assault on a police officer.

Two officers had responded to a reported domestic disturbance at Cook's home on the outskirts of the city shortly after noon on Friday, Sept. 8, Valley County Sheriff Vernon Buerkle said Tuesday.

"The first deputy responds and immediately upon making contact with the suspect, Tanner Cook, the driver-side window of his patrol car was allegedly broken out by Tanner," Buerkle said. "Then when the second officer arrives, he gets out of his vehicle and (Cook) immediately attacks him with a pipe."

The sheriff said the two officers subdued and arrested Cook, then took him to the hospital to be treated for the injuries he had sustained before the altercation.

The undersheriff was hospitalized and treated for head injuries, Buerkle said. He was released from the hospital but has not yet been cleared to return to duty.

Cook was charged Monday with two felony counts of assault on a police officer, felony attempted deliberate homicide, felony criminal mischief, assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault. He has also been charged with misdemeanor charges for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

Cook was jailed Sept. 8 on pending charges of misdemeanor criminal mischief and felony assault with a deadly weapon from a July 3 incident, Buerkle said, for which he had been previously released on bail.


Morning Reporter

General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.