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Fugitive who apparently shot at officers in Bozeman Pass charged with attempted homicide

Fugitive who apparently shot at officers in Bozeman Pass charged with attempted homicide

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Manhunt arrest

Police detain Shaunesy Cole, 36, the subject of a multi-day manhunt. 

A fugitive who reportedly shot at law enforcement officers during a pursuit on Interstate 90 in Montana was arrested on a warrant charging him with attempted deliberate homicide.

Shaunesy Cole, 36, was arrested Thursday afternoon after a woman called 911 to report a man matching Cole's description was at her door trying to break into her Bozeman Pass home, said Park County Sheriff Scott Hamilton.

The woman barricaded herself inside, and officers were nearby and converged on the residence, Hamilton said.

Officers deployed two K-9 dogs when Cole again ran. One of the dogs bit Cole, Hamilton said. It was unclear how badly he might have been injured, but officers planned to take him to a hospital in Livingston for an evaluation before jailing him in Park County, Hamilton said. 

“He kept resisting,” Hamilton said. “We’re just very happy that there was no gunfire exchanged.”

Cole did not have a gun on him when arrested, Hamilton said. 

Park County officers had been searching for Cole since he was accused of stealing money, jewelry and a motorcycle in May and leading officers on a pursuit for about 135 miles from Livingston to Billings.

He had warrants for his arrest in that case.

The sheriff didn't know if Cole had an attorney.

Officers had been searching for Cole since early Wednesday, when officers tried to pull over a vehicle on I-90 for suspected DUI.

The man pulled over but then drove away, eventually turning off the interstate onto a dirt road between Livingston and Bozeman, Undersheriff Clay Herbst said.

The man drove around spike strips and shots were fired from the vehicle, causing authorities to back off. No officers were hit.

The man then drove into a wooded area with numerous houses and outbuildings, Herbst said.

Residents were warned to be on the lookout for Cole. More than 100 local, state and federal officers joined the search that included going door-to-door.

Search teams put together a "more organized effort" Thursday, Hamilton said. Teams methodically swept the Quinn Creek drainage — “everywhere where they could think of where he could be hiding.”

"This is a manhunt," Hamilton told The Livingston Enterprise before the arrest. "This isn't a regular search. This guy shot at my deputies. We're going to hunt for him until we find him."

A woman who also was in the vehicle was apprehended hours after the pursuit and could face charges of obstruction of justice.

Hamilton praised the community and agencies involved in the search; from Lewis and Clark County to Yellowstone County to the National Park Service to the FBI. 

“That’s how it works out here in Montana,” he said. “None of us on our own have enough resources to deal with something like this. We all just come together.”

Department of Corrections records indicate Cole was convicted of assaulting a Park County officer in 2001. He also has convictions for a 2005 escape and a 2009 theft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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