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Stratton identified as inmate found dead in the Cascade County Detention Center

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Douglas Stratton (Booking photo from Detention Center) Douglas Stratton (Booking photo from Detention Center)
GREAT FALLS -

Douglas Alan Stratton has been identified as the man who was found dead in his cell in the Cascade County Detention Center early Tuesday.

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office released the name on Tuesday afternoon.

The agency has asked the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation to investigate the death.

A press release from the MT DOJ says that during a routine check at approximately 3 a.m. on Tuesday, a corrections officer found Stratton, 53 years old, dead in his cell. 

It was a single-inmate cell and he was alone when found by the officer. 

Attempts to revive Stratton were unsuccessful.

The cause of death has not yet been released.

DCI agents are at the scene and will conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.

Fergus County Coroner Dick Brown will serve as coroner for the case.

Stratton was in court in Great Falls on Monday after a Friday shootout with neighbors.

Stratton, who was shot in the hand in the incident, had been charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, and two counts of tampering with evidence.

Law enforcement officers responded to the shooting at Paul Creek Lane near Dearborn north of Craig at around 3:30 p.m. Friday.

According to court documents, two of Stratton's neighbors stopped at his house regarding an ongoing dispute.

An altercation ensued, and Stratton allegedly pointed a gun at one of the men.

A brief standoff began when another neighbor pulled a rifle from his truck.

That's when, according to court documents, Stratton retreated to his home and opened fire on his neighbors.

The men both returned fire, with one bullet hitting Stratton in the hand.

They then left the scene and called 911.

Stratton initially told law enforcement officers that his neighbors had fired without cause and that he only owned a BB gun.

At Stratton’s house investigators found several 10-millimeter shells near Stratton’s house.

From that spot they were able to follow a trail of blood to where Stratton had allegedly buried several guns, including the one used to shoot at his neighbors.

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