Officers searching for armed man after shootout near Bozeman

BOZEMAN (AP) — Local, state and federal law enforcement officers are searching in the mountains of southwestern Montana Wednesday for an armed man who fired shots at officers who tried to pull him over on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The pursuit began when someone reported a possible drunk driver on Interstate 90 east of Livingston, Park County Undersheriff Clay Herbst said.

Shaunesy Cole, 36, pulled over, but then he drove off, Herbst told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

The pursuit headed west, and Cole eventually left the interstate and turned onto a dirt road near Bozeman Pass, between Livingston and Bozeman. Officers say he fired shots from the vehicle early Wednesday, causing the officers pursuing him to back off.

A woman who was in the vehicle with Cole was apprehended several hours later. Cole fled into a wooded area with numerous houses and outbuildings, Herbst said.

“There’s all these places he can go,” he said.

Cole is under investigation in other cases in Park County, Herbst said, but he declined to comment on the nature of those cases.

Cole is described as white, 5 feet, 11 inches tall and about 170 pounds with red hair cut in a Mohawk. He has numerous tattoos on his legs, arms and hands.

Cole was convicted of assaulting a Park County officer in 2001, Department of Corrections records indicate. He also has convictions for a 2005 escape and a 2009 theft.

Organizations involved in the search include the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Forest Service, Montana Highway Patrol, Bozeman Police Department and the Park and Gallatin County sheriff’s offices.