A Missoula teenager was shot and killed in a Grant Creek garage early Sunday by a resident of the home.
The name of the 17-year-old male has not yet been released by authorities. The homeowner was jailed by Missoula police shortly after the incident.
Police responded to a house in the 2600 block of Deer Canyon Court – in the Grant Creek neighborhood – shortly before 12:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a shooting.
On arrival, officers found the male and female residents in front of the house, with a 17-year-old male in their garage with a life-threatening gunshot wound.
The male resident of the house reportedly found the intruder in his garage after an alarm went off, and shot him with a shotgun. The victim eventually died from the injuries.
Police arrested and booked Markus Kaarma, the 29-year-old male resident of the house, on suspicion of deliberate homicide. No charges have yet been filed, however.
Police Sgt. Travis Welsh said it will be up to the Missoula County Attorney’s Office to determine what charges, if any, will be filed against Kaarma.
Welsh said the incident remains under investigation. There is no indication that the intruder was armed, he said.
However, “we wouldn’t arrest someone without probable cause that a crime had been committed,” he added.
As the investigation is ongoing, Welsh said it wasn’t yet clear whether the shooting would fall under the "castle doctrine," a section of Montana law that justifies the use of force when a person reasonably believes they or another person in an occupied building is in danger of assault or violent crime.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact Missoula police detective Guy Baker at (406) 396-3217.