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By Andi Bourne

Sellner Parole Denied


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

The bullet went through Missoula County Deputy Sheriff at the time Robert Parcell's shirt just below his badge, carrier (brown) and then blew out the Kevlar portion of the vest (white). Because of the hydrostatic force, the vest caught the bullets but it vaporized his t-shirt and put a hole the size of a silver dollar that was two inches deep in Parcell's chest.

SWAN VALLEY – "June 27, 1992 at exactly 23:17, not that I can remember the date and time," said Missoula County Sheriff's Sergeant Robert Parcell as he quickly recalled the exact date and time he was shot by Gordon Sellner, then 53-years-old, of the Swan Valley.

Parcell along with Missoula County Sheriff T.J. McDermott, Undersheriff Jason Johnson and retired Sheriff Doug Chase attended Sellner's second parole hearing Aug. 31. Sellner was denied parole and can reapply in three years.

The day before his 1992 encounter with Sellner, Parcell had just returned from Command School doing traini...

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