Monday, September 25, 2017

A member of the Bureau of Indian Affairs speaks with a driver in Lodge Grass near the location of a 10 a.m. domestic incident, where a man fired a gun into the air. BIA Police Chief Jose Figueroa said that no one was injured in the incident and drugs don't appear to have been involved.

Lodge Grass man fires gun into the air following ‘domestic issue gone awry’

In an incident deemed a “domestic issue gone awry” by Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Chief Jose Figueroa, Lodge Grass resident Michael Dabney, 29, fired his gun into the air several times around 10 a.m. Monday morning, prompting a response by law enforcement. He was arrested four and a half hours later at 2:30 p.m.
 
The shooting doesn't appear to have been drug related, Figueroa said, and no one was injured.
 
One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, was surprised at the police response, as she said people firing off guns in the town of less than 450 people wasn’t an uncommon occurrence.
 
Law enforcement from the BIA, Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Highway Patrol watched the streets and surrounded the house in a manner that she thought was overdoing it.
 
“The wife and he got into an argument, and he got up on the wrong side of the bed,” she said, explaining the incident. “He went outside and fired up in the air about five times, and got in his truck and left. That was it.
 
“We hear gunshots every night in this town. We’re used to it.”
 
The Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation. As of Wednesday, Dabney was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to charges. He is being held in the Big Horn County jail on a $5,000 bond.
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