A man is in jail after an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday in northeastern Montana.
A news release from Roosevelt County Sheriff Freedom Crawford said that Robert Belton was arrested on Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of felony counts of assault on a peace officer, criminal endangerment and tampering with evidence and misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer, eluding, resisting arrest and leaving the scene of a crash.
He is being held at the Roosevelt County jail.
On Thursday morning, Justice of the Peace Traci Harada set Belton's bond at $255,000. He could appear in court again as soon as Wednesday.
Few details were immediately available about the incident, but Crawford said that a Roosevelt County Sheriff's deputy and a Fort Peck Tribal Police officer were involved in the shooting incident with Belton but that nobody was struck by gunfire.
It happened Wednesday afternoon on Highway 2, between Wolf Point and Poplar, and ended with Belton and a sheriff's deputy going to area hospitals to be treated for minor injuries and the Wolf Point and Poplar fire departments putting out a fire started by a burning pickup truck, driven by Belton, the release said.
Crawford said the case has been turned over to the Valley County Sheriff's Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation. He referred questions to the FBI.