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Details emerge in Missoula assault case

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Posted at 3:56 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 17:56:32-04

MISSOULA — A man is facing multiple charges in connection with a Monday night incident in Missoula.

The Missoula Police Department was dispatched to reports of shots being fired in the 3600 block of Mullan Road.

The suspect in the case, 37-year-old Tyler Clawson, appeared in a Missoula courtroom on Wednesday.

Clawson is facing two counts of assault with a weapon and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, for allegedly bringing out a gun after asking people nearby for marijuana.

According to court documents, someone called 911 around 10:18 p.m. to report shots fired.

Shortly after the initial call, Clawson contacted 911 and said that a man pulled a knife on him, and that he was heading to Walmart with an unloaded gun.

Witnesses told police Clawson asked them for marijuana, and "beat" on someone with a stick.

One witness claims she saw the fight, and the other man did not have a knife.

When police arrived, they found two long guns in Clawson's car as well as drug paraphenalia.

Court documents state that no shell casings were found in or around the vehicle Clawson was in.

Clawson was arrested and taken to the Missoula County jail, where he was originally held on two counts of attempted homicide.

Click here to read the full court documents in the case.