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Man Shot After Driving on Prison Property

May 12, 2006

DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) _ A state prison guard shot a man Thursday after the man drove onto prison property, rammed the officer’s car and pinned him against it, officials said.

Ron Violette, 47, struck the vehicle driven by the officer, who was patrolling the prison’s perimeter, shortly after 1 p.m., 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.

Violette was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, authorities said. His condition was not available Thursday night.

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

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

Powell County Attorney Chris Miller said it was too early to speculate on charges against Violette. 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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