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Man Shot After Driving on Prison Property

May 13, 2006

DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) _ A man who rammed a Montana State Prison officer’s car and then pinned him against it was charged Friday with attempted murder.

Ron Violette, 47, who was shot in the elbow by the officer, was being held on $100,000 bail. He also is charged with felony counts of criminal endangerment and criminal mischief and misdemeanor criminal trespass, said Deer Lodge County Sheriff John Anderson.

Violette drove onto prison grounds just after 1 p.m. Thursday and struck the vehicle driven by the officer, who was patrolling the prison’s perimeter, the Department of Corrections said.

The officer then stepped out of his car before Violette drove into him and pinned him against it, the department said. The officer then fired, Powell County Sheriff Scott Howard said.

Violette drove off and was later arrested 21 miles south in Opportunity, Howard said.

The officer was injured, though not seriously, Howard said.

``He returned to work in a leg brace,″ he said.

Officials said it was unclear why Violette was at the prison.

The prison was locked down for about two hours after the incident.

Deer Lodge is 37 miles southwest of Helena.

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