Deputy Killed in Pursuit Identified as Marine Vet

Deputy killed in chase near Great Falls yesterday

By Justin Franz

The Cascade County deputy who was struck and killed during a pursuit has been identified as a 33-year-old former Marine who served in Afghanistan.

Sheriff Bob Edwards said Friday Joe Dunn was hit by a vehicle on U.S. 87 near Belt.

The Great Falls Tribune reports no suspect has been identified and no arrests announced in the Thursday afternoon pursuit.

Edwards said the department is in mourning. Dunn had been with the force for 2 years and 5 months.

Great Falls police are leading the investigation. The state Department of Justice declined the case because a state trooper was involved in the pursuit. The Montana Highway Patrol is part of the department.

Few details have been released about the pursuit, which started in Belt and ended in Black Eagle.

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