Posted: Oct 21, 2013 9:20 AM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
Updated: Oct 21, 2013 9:00 AM
AUGUSTA - The investigation is continuing in the shooting death of a Great Falls man who was shot and killed in Augusta on Friday.
The shooting was over a land dispute, and whether neighbors should have access to a narrow section of roadway that is now gated off.
Both parties involved in the incident at 15533 Steamboat Drive had weapons, and multiple shots were fired - leaving Tim Newman, 53, lying dead right here on the ground.
"What we have to do now is rule or look for evidence - was it self-defense or was it a homicide," Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton explained.
Sheriff Dutton returned to the scene of the shooting death, which is being investigated as a potential homicide, and says the evidence gathered will determine if any charges will be filed in the case.
"Such as the evidence that we got from the autopsy, evidence that we collected here from the scene to determine which story is correct," Sheriff Dutton said.
The altercation started around 12:30 p.m. on Friday when the two men were apparently arguing over access to this road.
Reports from the landowner who was standing on the other side state that Newman was attempting to cut the lock off this gate, when the argument ensued.
Shots rang out with one man standing on each side, and Newman ended up face up on the ground - and a handgun was found at his side.
"Both were packing weapons. And it is unfortunate that tempers can lead to this," Sheriff Dutton said.
He added that this has been an ongoing land dispute that has even made it to court. But this time, the unresolved issue ended up being fatal.
No arrests have been made in the case, and the name of the other Great Falls man involved in the incident is not being released at this time.