Bail Set for Man in Trooper Shooting
A judge has set bail at $2 million for a man accused of fatally shooting one person and injuring three, including a Montana Highway Patrol trooper.
Twenty-eight-year-old Johnathan Bertsch is charged with homicide and attempted homicide. He appeared in court in Missoula on Monday through a video hookup from the jail.
Bertsch is accused of opening fire on a pickup Thursday night, killing one person and injuring two. About an hour later, 35-year-old Trooper Wade Palmer was shot and critically wounded while investigating the earlier shooting.
Palmer was first taken to a Missoula hospital and then transferred to a facility in Utah.
Bertsch was found and arrested the next morning.
He asked for a public defender in Monday's hearing.