- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The Cascade County sheriff’s deputy who was struck and killed during a high-speed chase was a former Marine and the father of two small children, authorities said Friday.

Joe Dunn, 33, was hit Thursday by a vehicle that other officers were pursuing on U.S. 87 near Belt east of Great Falls, Sheriff Bob Edwards said.

County Attorney John Parker said Adam Sanchez, 40, of Great Falls was taken into custody after the chase, the Great Falls Tribune reported (http://tinyurl.com/pu89nya). He was under guard in a hospital with unknown injuries. He had not been charged.

Dunn had served with the Marine Corps in Afghanistan and had been with the sheriff’s department for 2 1/2 years, Edwards said. He is survived by his wife, his parents and two siblings as well as his children.

“Our hearts are heavy and full of sorrow at the loss of our brother,” Edwards said.

It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted the chase, but authorities said Sanchez led officers from Great Falls east to Geyser, about 44 miles away, before doubling back toward Great Falls.

Speeds sometimes exceeded 100 mph, court documents said. Dunn was apparently hit when the chase was headed back toward Great Falls.

Sanchez was apprehended in Black Eagle, north of Great Falls.

Steve Haagenson of Black Eagle said he saw Sanchez stop when the tires on his vehicle went flat.

Officers approached the vehicle with guns drawn, broke out a window and shot Sanchez with a Taser, Haagenson said.

Sanchez tried to run, but officers subdued him, Haagenson said.

Sanchez was awaiting a Sept. 9 sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to criminal endangerment charges, according to court records. The charges stemmed from an attempted robbery in Cascade County last year and a run-in with law-enforcement officers in April.

He was accused of leading police on a chase after the attempted robbery.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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