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Stevensville woman arrested after allegedly firing pistol inside her home

Stevensville woman arrested after allegedly firing pistol inside her home

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A Stevensville woman was arrested last Friday after she allegedly fired a pistol inside her home after day of drinking.

Sonja Kaye Lockwood, 43, was charged with felony counts of assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment, and a misdemeanor charge of partner or family member assault.

According to Deputy County Attorney Angela Wetzsteon’s charging affidavit, Ravalli County deputies were dispatched to a road called Captivating Way in Stevensville at about 10:30 p.m. May 10 for a report of a disturbance with shots fired.

Lockwood’s husband told them his wife had arrived home at about 9 a.m. and was “obviously drunk.” The man told deputies his wife continued to drink through the day and by that evening got into a “frenzy” and became angry with him.

She came into their bedroom and began to call him names before going into the closet and retrieving a 9mm handgun.

Her husband said she put the firearm down, and began hitting him, then grabbed the gun, the affidavit said.

Lockwood’s 18-year-old daughter was also in the home at the time.

At that point, Lockwood allegedly went out in the hallway, pointed the gun at the wall above the stairs and fired.

Her husband told deputies that at that point, he wasn’t sure if she could control herself and was extremely afraid, said the affidavit. He called 911.

When the deputy spoke to Lockwood, he “immediately noticed she was obviously intoxicated.” She told the officer her husband was angry because of a younger man. When she was how the firearm became involved in the argument, she allegedly said “I guess I’m drunk and I took my gun out and fired it.”

She then said a number of different things, including that she hadn’t planned to shoot it, that she did not think she could have shot it and she wasn’t sure what had happened. She also claimed to be afraid, but she couldn’t describe why.

Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey set bail at $20,000.


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