Other Local Cases
The offender, Clark Theodore Johnson, a 43 year old drifter and ex-small town cop was tried and convicted of attempted deliberate homicide and is currently serving a 60 year term in Montana State Prison.
December 19, 1991
April 7, 1992
Montana Highway Patrol Officer Francine Giono recovered
after being shot in the leg and shoulder during a shootout with an offender.
The suspect opened fire on Giono when she pulled him over for a traffic
violation on Highway 200 east of Missoula. The suspect was wanted for homicide
in Nevada and was driving a truck belonging to the person he murdered. Giono
killed her attacker in the shootout.
October 21, 1998
The suspect was tried and found guilty of attempted deliberate homicide and several lesser offenses relating to the incident. The offender is currently serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for the attempted homicide plus 90 years for the other offenses.
Morgan then fled the stolen truck with a rifle and hid behind a bear carving outside a shop near Victor. Morgan began firing at the Highway Patrol Officer as he arrived in a patrol car. One of the four bullets fired hit the Patrolman in the elbow and ricocheted off of his bullet resistant vest. The other bullets hit his patrol car and the sheriff's patrol car that had arrived minutes later.
June 15, 2003
A Ravalli County sheriff's deputy attempted to stop a car for a traffic violation just south of the Missoula County line. Unbeknownst to him, the driver of the car had shot and killed a man in Madison County, Montana the prior evening. Before the deputy was able to exit his car the suspect opened fire on him. The deputy was wounded and the suspect left the scene Northbound toward Missoula.
The suspect was intercepted by a Missoula County Deputy Sheriff and a Montana Highway Patrolman. After a long chase during which the Highway Patrolman and the Deputy Sheriff became the target of an attempted ambush and gun battle. The Suspect was arrested. The Highway Patrolman was seriously injured but recovered.
The 46 year old male with white supremacist ties, was convicted of a Madison County murder and six attempted murders, and the attempted murder of the three law enforcement officers. He received consecutive life sentences without possibility of parole for each of the offenses.
April 13, 2005
Missoula Police Officer Rick Stevenson was shot in the leg and chest while pursuing a suspect near McCormick Park. The male suspect, was killed by police officers who returned fire after the man shot Stevenson. The incident began with a hit-and-run accident, an officer on a motorcycle pursued the man. The suspect fired at the officer on the motorcycle, but missed. He then took cover in an irrigation ditch. The man came out of his hiding spot and started firing. The officers, including Stevenson, returned fire, killing the suspect. Officer Stevenson's bullet resistant vest saved his life.
Other Officers Killed in the state of Montana
During the 26 years since the death of Sgt. Kimery, a total of seven other Montana law enforcement officers have been killed by gunfire.
In those incidents: