Bond has been set at $50,000 for a 39-year-old Helena man accused of shooting at and attempting to run over two people north of Helena Wednesday.
Michael Lee Roope was arrested Thursday and officially charged Friday with four felony counts of assault with a weapon in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court.
After calling 911 at 7:22 p.m. Wednesday, a male victim told authorities he and a female victim were returning from a walk below Hauser Dam when they saw Roope parked nearby.
The male victim told authorities he threw a can of iced tea at Roope's truck after the defendant started speeding toward him. The victims said Roope then raised a revolver and fired one shot through his own windshield toward the two victims and tried to run over one of them, court documents say.
The female reported being hit with glass. She also told authorities she would have been hit by the truck if she had not stepped out of its way.
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Roope then allegedly drove away before turning around and driving back toward the victims, and they jumped over an embankment to avoid being hit.
Law enforcement responded to the area and located Roope’s truck with what appeared to be a bullet hole through the windshield. He was not found during a subsequent search of the area, and the truck was impounded, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said.
Roope was later seen in Jefferson County about a mile from Clancy. Deputies from both counties arrested him without incident early Thursday, Dutton said.
All defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.