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Bond set at $2 million for Missoula shooting suspect

Posted at 4:51 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 23:43:35-04

MISSOULA – The suspect in a series of shootings Friday that killed one man and injured three more people, including a Montana Highway Patrol trooper, made his initial appearance in Missoula County Justice Court Monday afternoon.

Law enforcement vehicles lined the street near Missoula County Justice Court on Monday. (Courtesy: Missoula County)

Johnathan Bertsch faces one count of deliberate homicide for the death of Shelley Hayes, as well as three counts of attempted deliberate homicide in connection with the shootings.

Bertsch’s bond was set at $2 million.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer continues to recover in a Utah hospital after being shot and critically wounded in Evaro Friday morning.

Jonathan Bertsch appeared via video in Missoula County Justice Court on Monday afternoon. (Kent Luetzen/MTN News)

There was a substantial law enforcement presence in the Missoula courtroom just before Bertsch was set to appear.