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Man denies shooting McCook Co. deputy

Law enforcement officials set up a blockade on May 3 in southern Lake County, near the scene where a McCook County Sheriff's Deputy was shot in the arm following a pursuit. (Jake Shama / Republic)

MADISON —  A Montrose man accused of shooting a McCook County Deputy pleaded not guilty to all charges Friday during a court hearing in Madison.

Matthew Rumbolz, 37, pleaded not guilty to four felony charges Friday, including attempted murder for allegedly shooting and injuring McCook County Deputy Dylan Hillestad, court documents state.

A new indictment was filed against Rumbolz on Friday, in which a Lake County grand jury charged him with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and commission of a felony while armed with a firearm. Each is a Class 2 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Rumbolz was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Class 5 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine; and aggravated eluding, a Class 6 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

A habitual offender charge, which increases the maximum penalty of the other charges, was also filed, stating Rumbolz was convicted of escape on Feb. 23, 1999, in Davison County and possession of a controlled substance on March 1, 2012, in Minnehaha County.

Rumbolz was arrested at approximately 3:30 p.m. on May 3 following a standoff with law enforcement in rural Lake County that lasted several hours. Earlier that day, Hillestad attempted to pull over a vehicle driven by Rumbolz, which resulted in a shooting and pursuit, authorities said.

Hillestad was shot in the arm but was released from the hospital shortly after, authorities said.

Bond was set at $150,000. A jury trial was scheduled for July.

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