May 9, 2013 6:35 PM by MTN News - Great Falls
Authorities have identified the man who killed in a shoot-out with law enforcement officers in Great Falls on Wednesday as Thomas Edward Pulst.
A press release from the office of the Montana Attorney General says that probation and parole officers, U.S. Marshals, and Great Falls police officers went to the house at 2749 Carmel to serve a felony warrant on Pulst, age 29.
The release says that after making contact with people inside the home, the officers determined that Pulst was inside.
Some officers fanned out to cover exit points while other officers evacuated the other occupants, including a young child, before making contact with Pulst.
The release says that from inside a closed room, Pulst began firing a weapon toward officers in the house, and then came out of the room and ran out the back door of the house with two handguns.
Pulst then ran into the backyard and fired shots at two officers who were covering the backyard.
Pulst was killed in the firefight.
His body was sent on Thursday to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.
The Division of Criminal Investigation of the Montana Department of Justice is continuing the investigation into the case.
Cascade County Attorney John Parker tells us it is standard for six law enforcement officials to serve a felony warrant.
Parker says Pulst was still on probation from a 2001 criminal endangerment charge; the MT Correctional Offenders Network website states that Pulst has two convictions in Cascade County for criminal endangerment.
His status was updated on April 24, 2013, to "probation absconder."