A Belgrade man is facing charges accusing him of firing a gunshot to scare a person chasing him for stealing e-cigarette products and a water pipe from a Bozeman smoke shop.
Matthew Richard Noorlander, 21, is charged with robbery and criminal endangerment, both felonies. He also is accused of violating his probation. He appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday before Judge Bryan Adams, who set his bail at $600,000.
On Sunday around 5:45 p.m., Bozeman officers responded to a report of a man stealing a $400 “water pipe,” a water pipe attachment and a pack of Juul pods from Mellow Mood, located at 7 Tai Lane, according to charging documents. A caller reported chasing Noorlander, knocking him down and shattering the glass pipe.
As Noorlander started to get up, the caller said, Noorlander pulled out a gun and pointed it at the person. Noorlander then pointed the gun slightly to the left of the person’s head and fired, according to charging documents.
Police said Noorlander then asked the caller if the person “wanted more” before leaving. The caller then went back into the business.
Police said they found a 9-mm casing on the south side of Mellow Mood.
A Montana State University police officer found Noorlander running away from police near the duck pond on campus.
A short while later, a Bozeman officer began chasing Noorlander on West College Street near Colombo’s Pizza. Another officer turned onto 11th Avenue and saw Noorlander run in front of his patrol car.
Officers arrested Noorlander and took him to the Gallatin County jail.
Noorlander was given a six-year deferred sentence for several burglary charges in 2016. He remains on probation for those charges.