Park County Sheriff's Office: "WE GOT HIM!!!" - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Park County Sheriff's Office: "WE GOT HIM!!!"

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 2:14 PM Updated:

Shaunesy Cole, the subject of a two-day manhunt in the mountains near Bozeman, has been captured.

The Park County Sheriff's Office posted a photo on Facebook and wrote: "WE GOT HIM!!! This coordinated, multi-agency effort to apprehend this fugitive was successful. More details will be released at a later time. A job well done by all participating agencies."

Park County Sheriff Scott Hamilton said Cole was reportedly attempting to breaking into the home when a woman inside called 911 and barricaded the doors. No officers were injured in the arrest and Cole was medically cleared to be taken to the Park County Jail.

The incident started near Bozeman on Wednesday when a Park County Sheriff's deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle for suspected drunk driving, according to law enforcement. 

“They made a stop on it. The stop didn’t last very long," said Park County Undersheriff Clay Herbst. "The driver - the male - was was obstructing the investigation and then he fled.” Herbst said when authorities caught up with Cole he pointed a pistol out the window and fired at them.

Authorities backed off and found the car a few miles up the road being driven by a woman who was previously the passenger. She was arrested and charges are pending.

Challenged by terrain, the massive search effort to bring Cole into custody Wednesday included law enforcement from local, county, state and federal agencies with both SWAT and FBI.

Authorities say the 37-year-old, three-time felon is known to them, and not just because of his past but also due to current investigations.

“I think that he’s desperate,” said Hamilton. “I mean, we’ve been looking for this guy for weeks before this so he’s known to us.” Hamilton said Cole is a suspect in several crimes.

“We had a burglary a few drainages over towards Livingston,” Hamilton said. “A motorcycle was stolen and some other stuff. (There) ended up being a pursuit to Billings and he invaded officers there in Billings. We’ve been looking for him ever since.”

“He’s already got felony warrants for other stuff,” Hamilton added. “He’s just making things worse.”

“When people shoot at us, we hunt them down until we find them,” said Hamilton. “That’s the goal here. We want to do that peacefully, but we’re ready if you want to shoot at us again.”Hamilton said he understands the fear and frustrations of residents in the area.

“They want their neighborhood back, and the peace and quiet - that that’s why they live out here,” he said.

“We’ve got roving patrols of vehicles going up down by houses and driveways,” Hamilton added. “There’s a very large law enforcement presence here which is uncommon, no way we could we could do what we’re doing out here without their assistance.”

Hamilton said Cole’s family is concerned about his well-being.

“If anyone knows where he is, the best thing to do, please let us know where he is and we can bring a peaceful resolution to this.”

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