Man convicted of ‘shooting’ at house and injuring three people at Lodge Pole

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GREAT FALLS – David Eugene Wing of Heart Butte, who admitted to shooting down a house with a shotgun and injuring three of the occupants of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, was sentenced in federal court in Great Falls on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 .

Prosecutors alleged that on January 1, 2020, Wing attended a party at a Lodge Pole residence on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

A fight began after Wing slapped a woman (identified in court documents as “Jane Doe”) in the face and several people fought with Wing, and physically removed him from the residence. Many people at the party warned everyone that Wing would probably come back with a gun for revenge.

Wing, drunk and angry, drove to a nearby residence where he retrieved a 22-250 caliber shotgun. A few minutes later, he returned to the residence where the party was still taking place and parked near the house.

Wing then pointed the gun at the house he knew was occupied by about 10 people, including children, Jane Doe and the others he had just fought with.

Wing then fired three or four shots into the windows and walls of the house, “intent to cause bodily harm to Jane Doe and those by whom he believed he had been attacked a few minutes earlier”.

Shrapnel hit Jane Doe, John Doe (a miner) and Jane Doe #2 causing bodily injuries including cuts, bruises and pain to all three.

Wing, 44, pleaded guilty in October 2021 to assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.

U.S. District Chief Judge Brian Morris presided over and sentenced Wing to six years and six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said in a news release.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Cobell prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the FBI; and the Fort Belknap Police Department.


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