GREAT FALLS- Two 17-year-old males are being held on charges of tampering with evidence in connection with the shooting death of a woman and a fatal hit-and-run near Browning.
The Glacier County Sheriff’s Office identified Amy Sue Whitegrass, 28, and Lindsay Whiteman, 38, as the victims of an incident that occurred in the Starr School area west of Browning.
According to an affidavit, a Great Falls Police officer located a maroon Nissan truck in the 800 block of 19th Street South that was of interest in the death of a Browning woman who was struck by a vehicle on Star School Road on Tuesday.
The officer observed two males approach the vehicle. The males were detained and an officer found a pistol in the waistband of one male’s pants as well as substances later identified as marijuana and hashish on him, according to the affidavit.
The teenagers were then taken to the Great Falls Police Department for questioning.
The affidavit states one male agreed to speak with investigators and told them the males were inside the truck with Whitegrass and Whiteman early Tuesday morning near Browning.
The male told investigators that Whitegrass pulled a knife on the other male and the other male shot her.
After the shooting, the male being questioned said the male who shot Whitegrass got out of the vehicle with Whiteman, who confronted him about what had just happened, according to the affidavit.
The male being questioned told investigators the other male then got back into the truck to flee the scene and Whiteman stood in front of the truck to try and stop it from leaving.
The male being questioned said the other male then ran Whiteman over with the truck. The two males eventually pulled off the road and moved Whitegrass who was shot and now deceased into the rear seat of the truck, according to the affidavit.
The two teenagers then drove to Great Falls with Whitegrass’ body in the back seat, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit states the lettering on the truck was scraped off of the windshield in an attempt to disguise the vehicle.
The two teenage males face charges for tampering with physical evidence. Additional charges are expected to be filed.
In Judicial District Youth Court on Wednesday morning, a Cascade County prosecutor stated both males are flight risks.
The judge agreed and set their bonds at $150,000.
The Glacier County Sheriff’s Office, Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services, and the FBI are investigating.