Isaac Alan Matt, 23, of Cut Bank, faces four felony charges, including Attempted Deliberate Homicide and Assault on a Peace Officer, when he allegedly fired on a Glacier County Sheriff’s Deputy at approximately 11:51 a.m. on Sunday, May 12. Matt is also charged with two felony counts of Criminal Endangerment and Partner or Family Member Assault, a misdemeanor. No one was injured in the shooting, which took place outside 134 5th Ave. NE in Cut Bank.
As of press time, he was in custody at the Glacier County Detention Center.
The charges against Matt were filed by Special Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Stutz on Tuesday, May 14. The deputy involved was placed on administrative leave while the matter is investigated.
According to the charging documents filed in Glacier County District Court, Matt called 911 earlier that day to speak to a specific Cut Bank Police Department Officer, who was not available. He called 911 again later to apparently lure that CBPD officer to the house. Since the CBPD officers were busy, a Glacier County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the call instead. Shortly after his arrival, Matt pulled a gun on the deputy and, according to the investigative report, fired at the deputy.
The deputy took cover behind the patrol vehicle and returned fire. According to one witness, “after a few shots” Matt threw down the gun and surrendered. The vehicle was riddled with bullet holes in the windshield and hood.
The “shots fired” call was relayed to Police Chief Michael Schultz who arrived on the scene to find GCSO Deputy Robert Moura and Captain Tom Seifert, who also responded to the “shots fired” call.
Moura took Matt into custody and Seifert turned the investigation over to Schultz.
According to the investigative report, Schultz interviewed Matt’s two brothers, who were inside the house, along with his mother. Matt reportedly was lighting matches and attempting to stick them in his mother’s eyes the night before, which led to the misdemeanor charge of partner family member assault.
Two neighbors also witnessed the shooting incident, which resulted in Matt being charged with two counts of felony criminal endangerment.
During the investigation, Schultz interviewed Matt who admitted to having a gun “in his waistband and tucked in his pants” and that he later “pulled a gun and he fired it” at the deputy. Matt said he “stopped shooting because he didn’t want to get hurt” and that “he only fired the gun twice.”
According to the report, Matt stated he “smokes marijuana weekly” and sometimes has “ill effects” and has “gotten panic attacks.”
If convicted, the maximum penalty for Attempted Deliberate Homicide is death, life imprisonment or imprisonment in the State Prison for a term of 10-100 years.
On the charge of Assault on a Peace Officer, the maximum penalty, if convicted, is imprisonment in the State Prison for two to 10 years, and a fine not to exceed $50,000 or both.
If convicted of the two felony Criminal Endangerment charges, Matt faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 or both, on each of the two counts.
On the charge of Partner Family Member Assault, if convicted, Matt faces county jail time of 72 hours to one year and a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,000, or both.