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Militia Man Who Shot At Police Still Loose

Militia Man Who Shot At Police Still Loose

Missoula County sheriff's deputies sweep a rental cabin at the Lumberjack Saloon west of Lolo in the hunt for ex-Marine David Burgert

The Daily Mail via YellowBrix

June 14, 2011

MONTANA – U.S. agents are combing a 30sq mile block of dense forest in Montana after a shootout between an ‘armed and extremely dangerous’ former militia leader and sheriff’s deputies.

David Burgert, 47, exchanged gunfire with Missoula County officers along a logging trail on Sunday following a slow-speed car chase.

No one was hurt in the gun battle, but Burgert, who had been travelling in a jeep, was able to escape into the woods on foot, in scenes reminiscent of the film First Blood. Police fear the scenario could now play out like the Sylvester Stallone film action film in which Vietnam veteran John Rambo falls foul of local law enforcement and leads them on a pursuit 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.

He was first arrested in 2002 following a similar standoff with police in which he armed himself with a machine gun.


David Earl Burgert

In 2004 he was sentenced to ten years in prison for a string of firearms offences, including conspiracy to possess illegal firearms, possession of a machine gun and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Federal prosecutors argued he led a group that amassed machine guns and explosives. He was also diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder.

Last week, Burgert was stopped by the Montana Highway Patrol for a minor traffic offence. According to officials, he told patrolmen ‘he wasn’t going to be taken down like last time’ and that ‘it would take a SWAT team’ to bring him in.

Officers believe that the current incident was planned by Burgert. A stash of weapons and ammunition was found in and around his abandoned jeep and police suspect the survival specialist may have hidden a second SUV deep in the forest.

‘He was prepared for a confrontation,’ Undersherriff Dominick said.

‘It was not a high-speed chase, he drove purposely onto the logging road and he engaged the deputies with one to three shots.’

More than 60 officers are now involved in the search, assisted by a National Guard helicopter and a police dog team.

In the Stallone movie, Rambo is also chased by a helicopter but is able to escape before being pursued into an abandoned mine, where he is cornered by the National Guard.

He escapes from the mine and eventually surrenders after a stand-off back in town.

  • Pic-0022_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Comparing this mutt to Rambo is kinda pushing his status up the pole if you ask me. Cops like to hear this kind of behavior compared to a Dirty Harry movie where the guy shoots at the police and gets shot 15 times by every cop on the call.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    @darsavmo---I LIKE YOUR STYLE!

  • 119_1923_max50


    about 3 years ago


    And this ain't no movie.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 3 years ago


    He ain't no Rambo. Let's catch him hot or cold.

  • Esu_patch_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Lets hope this ends in our favor,,,,

  • Thinker_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bring in Seal Team 6, they know how to take care of business and then give him a burial at sea...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    Time for a controlled burn!!!

  • 1067_med_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Release the hounds.

  • Crumb_passin_thru_02_1__max50


    about 3 years ago



    (guaranteed free of silly hollywood references)

  • Th_detective_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Helicopter, Heat Signature Technology, Mini-Gun.....Nuff Said!

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Wow! Bump Treehugger719! Who is in charge of the "News?"

    Gotta love the Rambo references... NOT.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    It's just a shame that this man was free and on the streets in the first place. Lots of loonies in that part of the country. Large rural expanses seem to be an attraction for these separatist loons, like a porch light to moths.
    I hope that no LEOs have to get hurt before this nutcase is locked down, hopefully for keeps this time.

  • Dscf1805_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Can you say "NAPALM"? Another freak thinking he is going to take the country by force one LEO at a time, really dude, you will lose in the end. FLIR, thermal imaging, two things that come to mind going after an armed subject hell bent on killing. Why play his game and pursue into "his" comfort zone of the woods. Airborne operations on a helicopter platform would be safer for all involved. I hope it works out, but with all the technoligy why pursue him on foot in the mountains, but what do I know, lol.

  • Half_dome_yosemite_national_park_max50


    about 3 years ago


    This is the front page article on PL? Really? Its things like this that make it easier and easier to leave this site altogether.

  • Hpim1329_max50


    about 3 years ago


    To hell with this article stop making it sound like some damned gun romance novel. I hate that. I hope they find this piece of crap cop killer wannabee and lock his ass up for the rest of his life.

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