Lolo, Mont.

Ex-militia man hunted: Federal and state agents searched for an armed, mentally unstable ex-militia leader and survivalist in the rugged mountains west of Lolo. “This is a very dangerous person,” said Missoula County Undersheriff Mike Dominick, describing suspect David Burgert, who allegedly led Missoula County sheriff’s deputies on a chase and then fired at them before disappearing into the forest. No one was hurt in the initial skirmish. Burgert, who is on probation, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on weapons charges in 2004 and served time in federal prison before being released on probation. A decade ago, he led a right-wing militia known as Project 7 that allegedly plotted to assassinate local officials, attack the National Guard, and overthrow the federal government. Police said Burgert had been planning the ambush for at least a few days. Last week, when he was stopped by the Montana Highway Patrol for a moving violation, he told police he wasn’t “going to be taken down like last time.”

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