Manhunt in Montana targets former militia leader

By the Associated Press | June 14, 2011 | 12:45 PM EDT

LOLO, Mont. (AP) — A manhunt continues in a western Montana forest for a survivalist and former militia leader authorities say fired on Missoula County deputies and then fled into the woods where police have found caches of weapons, food and gear.

Missoula County Undersheriff Mike Dominick says 47-year-old David Burgert appears to have had a plan following the exchange of gunfire Sunday along a logging trail after a slow-speed chase near Lolo on U.S. Highway 12.

Dominick says police found a second vehicle in the area loaded with ammunition and food and are searching for a third vehicle they believe Burgert might also be using.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says officials involved in the search say Burgert might have been able to escape the area in that vehicle, a 1987 Jeep Wagoneer.