28-year-old man accused of shooting 4 near Missoula, including Montana Highway Patrol Trooper

The suspect, Johnathan Bertsch, 28, reportedly shot at three people on Expressway in Missoula before taking off for Evaro.

Bertsch was booked in the Missoula County Jail Friday afternoon. He's being held on one count of felony deliberate homicide and three counts of felony attempted deliberate homicide, according to Chief Deputy County Attorney Jason Marks.

The suspect also had a previous run-in with law enforcement 10 years ago when he was caught trying to steal gas from a Holiday station. According to court records, he led police on a chase and rammed an officer's patrol car. 

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We saw it Tuesday night a simple traffic stop turned into a deadly shootout. Trooper Jeff Sevigney with Washington State Patrol knows all too well the dangers that traffic stops present.