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Man accused of assaulting MHP trooper

Posted at 1:40 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 15:41:02-05

Larry Denison, accused of assaulting a Montana Highway Patrol trooper, appeared in court in Missoula on Monday facing several charges stemming from a February 28 incident.

Court documents say that MHP Trooper Andrew Novak tried to pull over a pickup truck near the intersection of Airway Boulevard and Highway 10 West in Missoula at around 7 p.m. on Friday.

When the vehicle eventually stopped, Denison emerged wearing a long knife and disobeying orders to stay in the vehicle.

Court documents state when Denison reached for something in the back of his truck, Novak was prompted to take cover and draw his gun. Denison then tried to run away, which led to an altercation.

Court documents say that’s when Denison reached for Novak’s gun and began throwing rocks at him saying, “I'll beat you to death with rocks before you ever shoot me.”

Dennison, 50 years old, was eventually arrested and is being held in Missoula County jail.

He faces felony charges for assault on a peace officer and intimidation as well as misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence of alcohol.