Missoula police have arrested two more suspects in connection with an undercover drug investigation in which a police officer was shot and wounded.
The shootout happened the day before Thanksgiving near Rosauers and Gold’s Gym just off Reserve Street in Missoula.
The incident left a 33-year-old Missoula police officer in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and other officers on the search for persons of interest.
We were in court Friday when prosecutors charged two suspects, 22-year-old Jazmine Beehler and 25-year-old Joshua Lee Robinson, with a combined four felony charges for their involvement in the shooting.
Robinson faces a felony charge of attempted deliberate homicide and felony robbery. His bail is set at $250,000.
Monday two more suspects faced the judge.
31-year-old Rochelle Jo Kolden faces two felony charges conspiracy to commit robbery and criminal distribution of dangerous drugs. Her bail was set at $150,000.
Court records describe the drug rip-off as a situation where the seller takes the cash and keeps the drugs, leaving the buyer with nothing.
According to court documents Kolden drove to the drug sting and had previously sold meth to the same undercover officer.
31-year-old Justin Michael Holdstheenemy was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
Court records say Holdstheenemy gave the alleged shooter a semi-automatic handgun, gloves and a bandana. His bail was also set at $150,000.
All four suspects charged in this case will face the judge again in mid-December. Together they face a combined seven felony charges.
Another possible suspect, James Jackson Mead, also appeared before a Missoula judge Monday.
Missoula police detectives tell us Mead may be involved in the shooting but they declined to comment exactly how because there is still an ongoing investigation.
The Montana Criminal Investigation Division is continuing its investigation of the shooting. The Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force and the Missoula Drug Task Force are continuing the investigation of the armed robbery and drug conspiracy aspects of the incident.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery is urged to call Detective Guy Baker of the Missoula Police Department at 406-396-3217.