Massive Montana Manhunt for Militia Man

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Massive manhunt in Montana for militia head David Burgert; ex-Marine is armed, 'extremely dangerous'

BY PHILIP CAULFIELD
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Tuesday, June 14th 2011, 10:45 AM


Linda Thompson/AP
Missoula County sheriff's deputies sweep a rental cabin at the Lumberjack Saloon west of Lolo, Mont., after a former militia leader allegedly led deputies on a car chase, shot at them and escaped into a wooded area.

Montana authorities are on a manhunt for an "extremely dangerous" former militia leader who triggered a shootout with cops and fled into the wilderness with a cache of weapons.

David Burgert, 47, a former head of a violent anti-government militia group, traded gunfire with Missoula County deputies along a logging trail after a slow speed car chase near Lolo, Mont., on Sunday, cops said.

The ex-Marine and backwoods survivalist started the 30-mile pursuit after cops tried to pull him over for driving wildly at a rest stop, authorities said.

After ignoring repeated commands to surrender, Burgert pulled his Jeep Cherokee onto a remote side road and started shooting, cops said.

Officers returned fire, but Burgert managed to flee into the woods on foot with a pack of gear, Missoula County Undersheriff Mike Dominick said.

No one was hurt, and local police called in a posse of federal and state agents to continue the hunt through the rugged terrain of the Lolo National Forest in western Montana.

"He is armed and extremely dangerous," Missoula County Undersheriff Mike Dominick said.

Burgert left behind stores of ammo and two automatic rifles, leading authorities to believe he had planned for a standoff.

"He was prepared for a confrontation," Dominick told the Associated Press. "He drove purposely onto the logging road and he engaged the deputies with one to three shots."

Agents found more ammo in another one of his cars, and officials believed he might have stashed food, weapons and another SUV along a planned escape route.

By late Monday, a band of 65 federal and state agents - including members of the FBI, National Guard and U.S. Marshals - had expanded the search beyond the swath of forest near Lolo using helicopters and tracking dogs.

But so far, there was no sign of the real-life Rambo.

"They think they lost him" Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry told Montana's Daily Inter Lake newspaper. "They do not necessarily think they have him contained in that area."

Burgert is the former leader of Project 7, a Montana militia that plotted to assassinate local officials, kill cops and ultimately topple the government, according to the FBI.

Feds labeled the crew a domestic terrorist group.

In 2004, he was sentenced to seven years in prison on weapons charges. Before his sentencing, he was diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder, according to the Associated Press.

During a traffic stop last week, he told a highway patrolman that "he wasn't going to be taken down like last time" and that "it would take a SWAT team" to bring him in, Dominick said.

He's described as 6-feet-2, 230 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was wearing a blue shirt and a fanny pack.

Cops think he's carrying a handgun and a rifle, and he could be driving a 1987 Jeep Wagoneer loaded with more weapons.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...ert_exmarine_is_armed_extr.html#ixzz1PGfSCoyl
 
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Just more propaganda to make anti big government people look like "domestic terrorists".

Plea deal reached on gun charges
BECKY BOHRER Associated Press | Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2003 11:00 pm

A man authorities accused of leading a group planning to assassinate Flathead County officials has agreed to plead guilty this week to federal firearms charges, court documents show.

David Burgert is expected to plead to possessing a machine gun and being a felon in possession of a firearm, under terms of a plea agreement he struck with prosecutors this month.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday in U.S. District Court in Missoula.

Each count has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release, according to court documents.

While local authorities in Flathead County said Burgert was a key figure in the alleged assassination plot by a group called Project 7, the federal indictment against him made no mention of those allegations.

One of the terms of the plea agreement, however, is Burgert's full cooperation with authorities and possible testimony "at any proceedings deemed appropriate by the United States attorney's office," court documents show.

Prosecutors would push for a reduced sentence if Burgert's help provided "substantial assistance in the prosecution of other individuals," according to a copy of the plea agreement.

Burgert wouldn't be prosecuted if he revealed any incriminating evidence against himself, court records show.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kris McLean declined to discuss the plea agreement on Wednesday. He also declined to say whether any investigation was under way into the alleged assassination plot, or whether any additional arrests were expected.

Burgert's attorney was not available for comment Wednesday morning.

In February 2002, Flathead County Sheriff Jim Dupont said investigators uncovered a plot by a small group planning to kill judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers and amassing an arsenal of weapons.
So they supposedly uncovered a plot but no one was ever charged? Sounds like BS to me. And whats illegal about having an arsenal of weapons? Don't we have a 2nd amendment?

Montana Department of Corrections Correctional Offender Information Sheet

LEGAL RECORD
DOCKET: DC-02-078B OFFENSE: BAIL JUMPING
COUNTY: FLATHEAD CODE: 457308
JUDGE: WARNER OFFENSE DATE: 16-JAN-02
COUNTS: 1 SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 16-DEC-02
LEGAL TYPE: ORIGINAL SENTENCE SENTENCE EFFECTIVE: 16-DEC-02
SENTENCE TYPE: SUSPENDED NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 120

DOCKET: DC83102 OFFENSE: THEFT
COUNTY: FLATHEAD CODE: 456301
JUDGE: KEEDY MH OFFENSE DATE: 19-JUN-83
COUNTS: 1 SENTENCE PRONOUNCED: 07-OCT-83
LEGAL TYPE: ORIGINAL SENTENCE SENTENCE EFFECTIVE: 07-OCT-83
SENTENCE TYPE: PRISON W/PARTIAL SUSPENDED NET SENTENCE (MONTHS): 36
Sounds like nothing but a low level criminal that doesn't want to go back to jail.
 

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I hate to say it now that Kirk chimed in, but this story has waaaay too many allegations and too little evidence to be anywhere near accurate.
 

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I hate to say it now that Kirk chimed in, but this story has waaaay too many allegations and too little evidence to be anywhere near accurate.
well all we have is cop testimony as to what transpired, as we all know cops will lie, kill, steal, and maim in order to keep themselves in the clear. They probably just didn't like the way he looked. They wanted a war, they got one, I'll pulling for Rambo to kill the entire hick police force.
 
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I opened this thread simply to post an obscure Rambo reference, but this ass hole hack reporter beat me to it.
 

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You could have put marine in the title as well for complete alliteration pwnage.
 
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You could have put marine in the title as well for complete alliteration pwnage.
What about them describing him as an Ex Marine? This reporter known nothing about reporting news.
 

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Pretty sure shooting at cops after failing to stop for a traffic stop is pretty indefensible. If this was some young person doing it this thread would have taken a different turn.
 

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that would be "former" Marine

there are no EX marines

and they won't get him
 
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If it was a young person there wouldn't be a 100 man FBI task force and choppers combing an entire state while putting out domestic terrorism propaganda. That's the part we're talking about.
 

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It is Montana. Not especially a hotbed for the young persons. And Montana likes their manhunts.