Authorities arrest man sought after officers shot at
LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — A fugitive suspected of shooting at law enforcement officers during a pursuit in southern Montana was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging him with attempted deliberate homicide.
Shaunesy Cole, 36, was apprehended after a woman called 911 to report a man matching Cole’s description was trying to break into her house in the Bozeman Pass area, Park County Sheriff Scott Hamilton said.
Officers responded with dogs and Cole tried to run away, but he was bitten by a dog, authorities 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. Hamilton didn’t know if Cole had an attorney.
Cole was convicted of assaulting a Park County officer in 2001, records indicate. He also has convictions for a 2005 escape and a 2009 theft.
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 (217 kilometers) from Livingston to Billings.
He had warrants out for his arrest in that case.
Officers began the most recent search early Wednesday, after receiving a report about a possibly drunk driver on Interstate 90 east of Livingston.
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 fled into a wooded area with numerous houses and outbuildings, Herbst said.
Residents were warned to be on the lookout for Cole and more than 100 local, state and federal officers joined the search that included going door-to-door.
“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.