Bail Set at $5M for Man Charged with Shooting at Officer

Shaunesy Cole was arrested following a 36-hour manhunt in the mountains west of Bozeman

By Associated Press

LIVINGSTON – Bail was set at over $5 million Friday for a man charged with shooting at a Park County sheriff’s deputy while fleeing a traffic stop, prompting a 36-hour manhunt in the mountains west of Bozeman.

Shaunesy Cole, 36, made an initial appearance in Justice Court Friday on a charge of attempted deliberate homicide as well as charges related to two earlier thefts. He appeared without an attorney and did not enter pleas to any of the charges.

Cole laughed when Judge Linda Canton began listing the terms of his release if he posted bond, saying he wouldn’t be able to post that amount. Canton said his bond could be lowered later.

Cole was arrested Thursday afternoon after a woman called 911 to report he was trying to break into her house. Cole tried to run from responding officers and search dogs. One dog caught up with him and bit him. He appeared before Canton via video with bandages on his right arm.

Officers had been searching for Cole since early Wednesday when he fled an Interstate 90 traffic stop and turned onto a dirt road between Livingston and Bozeman, where he reportedly fired a shot at Deputy Scott Stratton.

Canton set bail at $250,000 for a May 16 case in which Cole is charged with breaking into a house, stealing many items including a motorcycle, and leading police on a 135-mile (217-kilometer) pursuit from Livingston to Billings. He also is charged with stealing a car in April and using stolen credit cards at a business in Big Timber. The judge set bail at $25,000 in that case — giving him a total bail of $5.275 million.

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