‘Extremely dangerous’ Montana militia leader on the run following shootout with police
File this under “What right wing violence?!”
Police fear the scenario could now play out like a Rambo: First Blood-type action film in which a fugitive army veteran leads authorities on a chase through rugged mountain terrain.
The incident began when police responded to a report that the driver of a Jeep Cherokee was travelling erratically at a rest stop near Lolo, about ten miles southwest of Missoula.
When patrol cars arrived, Burgert allegedly ran a stop sign as the vehicle turned onto a roadway.
Officers pursued the former Marine for 30 miles before he spun onto a side road near a trailhead. Burgert allegedly responded to commands that he surrender by shooting at deputies before disappearing into the forest.
‘He is armed and extremely dangerous - he’s a danger to anyone he meets,’ Missoula County Undersheriff Mike Dominick said.
Burgert is the former leader of a Montana militia group known as Project 7 which allegedly plotted to assassinate local officials, go to war with the National Guard and overthrow the federal government.