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UPDATE: Missoula Police Officer Hospitalized After Being Run Over by Suspect in McDonald’s Parking Lot on East Broadway + Suspect in Custody

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An officer-involved shooting took place Monday night, Jan. 7 in Missoula, leaving an officer hospitalized.

Update 1 a.m Jan. 8: The suspect was found in a southside residence in Missoula. She has been taken into custody and is receiving medical treatment.

At an 11 p.m. news conference Monday night (Jan. 7), Missoula Police Chief Mark Muir said a call came in to 9-1-1 about a female parolee who had been spotted at the McDonald’s restaurant on East Broadway. Two officers, one male and one female, approached the vehicle and ordered the woman to exit the vehicle. The female backed up the car, a red Pontiac Grand Prix, and struck the female officer, causing severe, but non-life-threatening injuries. The male officer ordered the woman to stop, and when she did not, he fired one shot into the vehicle, striking the woman. She continued to drive away, and is still at large and is believed to be gravely wounded.


Chief Muir identified the suspect as a 47 year-old parolee named Dawnette Eaton, wanted on drug charges in Montana.


Missoula police, county sheriff’s department and Montana Highway Patrol personnel are searching the area of Hartman Street and Front Street as of midnight, looking for the suspect.


The vehicle that Eaton was driving, a red Pontiac Grand Prix, was found in the Hartman Street and Front Street area, and has been impounded.


The woman is not believed to be armed.


The wounded female officer is in surgery at Missoula’s St. Patrick Hospital with what is believed to be a broken hip, a broken leg and possible internal injuries, which at this time are not believed to be life-threatening.

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