First, the manhunt. Law enforcement is searching for a former militia leader who shot at Missoula County Sheriff’s deputies on Sunday and then disappeared into the mountains west of Lolo.
Named for the number “7″ on Flathead County license plates, Project 7 was a group that armed itself and allegedly plotted to assassinate local officials, then go to war with the National Guard and overthrow the federal government.
Burgert served time in the Federal Bureau of Prisons on weapons charges before being released on probation. Prior to his sentencing, he was diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder.
“This a very dangerous person,” said Missoula County Undersheriff Mike Dominick. “I believe he wouldn’t hesitate to shoot at anyone or kidnap somebody to get their rigs.”
We’ll update, at least if anything happens today. Which brings me to the message:
I’ll be out of town for most of June, during which time I’ll be updating sporadically at best. Cops and Courts isn’t going away, it’s just taking a little break while I – among other things — attend a program called Journalist Law School at Loyola Law School that should be enormously useful in covering this beat.
So, please keep checking back and know that in July, we’ll be back in full swing!