Criminal Endangerment Charges Filed Against Beckwith Shooter
Lochlan Michael Gordon was charged on Friday with two counts of felony criminal endangerment after walking onto his porch on April 15 and firing a rifle at a vehicle in front of his East Beckwith residence.
The charging documents state that several neighbors told police that Gordon shot the vehicle 15 to 20 times with a single shot rifle, meaning he had to reload his rifle for every shot.
Court documents also state that some of the bullets bounced off the vehicle and were found across the street having bounced off the siding of another house, and lodging in the garage of another home.
The neighbors stated that Gordon did not speak as he was firing the weapon, and took at least one break to go back into his house, presumably to get more ammunition. While witnesses stated Defendant did not seem to be pointing the rifle at anyone, and he in fact stopped shooting when cars drove by, he put the safety of his neighbors at substantial risk.
Gordon was arrested and transported to the police department. He appeared to be having a mental health crisis based on the fact that his statements were not making sense to the officers.
He remains in custody on $100,000 bond, and the Missoula County Attorney’s office has not yet scheduled his initial court appearance due to possible mental health issues.