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Video: Montana Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty

August 18, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Montana Deputy Struck, Killed During Police Pursuit

A Cascade County, Mont., Sheriff's Deputy lost his life in the line of duty on Thursday afternoon after he was hit by a vehicle on Highway 89 near Belt.

Sheriff’s deputies and Montana Highway Patrol troopers were in pursuit of a suspect at the time. The chase began in Great Falls and reached as far as Geyser in Judith Basin County, where the suspect allegedly turned around and headed back toward the city.

Dep. Joseph James Dunn, 33 years old, was apparently struck by the suspect's vehicle on the return leg of the pursuit. Dunn was transported to Benefis Health Systems, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Fergus County Coroner’s Office.

According to the Great Falls Tribune, Dunn was with the sheriff’s office for two years and five months. Born in Missoula to Jim and Linda Dunn, he was a Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan. He is survived by his parents; wife Robynn; son Joseph II and daughter Shiloh; and two siblings.

Services for Deputy Dunn will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Pacific Steel & Recycling Four Seasons Arena.


Comments (3)

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ssc1911 @ 8/18/2014 2:00 PM

The the family of Joseph Dunn, condolences on the loss of your son.
Cascade County Sheriff Dept. also condolences on the loss of Deputy Dunn.
May God watch over all of you.

TheRookie @ 8/18/2014 5:32 PM

RIP Deputy Dunn & May God be with your family members.
May the Cascade & Montana L.E. Community find solace in the coming hours, days, weeks, & months. Watch the 12, 3, 6, & 9 O'Clocks.
It's a harder job out there today than when I was active. We had minimal PC shoved down out throats with Commanders who always told us to go home safe & they'd worry about the politics.

Morning Eagle @ 8/19/2014 3:34 AM

This saddens my old cold raised-in-Montana-heart for the family and friends of Deputy Dunn. Fine young man volunteers to serve his country in the Marine Corps, survives a combat tour in Afghanistan, comes home and joins Cascade County S.O. to continue serving his fellow citizens and raise his young family then along comes sanchez running from the police to strike the life from him. I hope Cascade has a strong, no BS kind of prosecutor that will not plea deal for this POS that was apparently running because he already had outstanding felony warrants and get him the maximum penalty available under the law. It should be death for killing a law enforcement officer.

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