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Anatolie Lemeza

Anatolie Lemeza

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A 29-year-old man remains in jail after prosecutors say he shot at another man during a confrontation near the Wye on Sunday.

Anatolie Grigoriavich Lemeza is being held on a $100,000 bail after making his first court appearance Tuesday on charges of assault with a weapon, two counts of criminal endangerment and one count of evidence tampering, all of which are felonies.

According to court records filed with the charges, detectives with the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office were called to the area of the Wye west of Missoula around 5 a.m. on Sunday to investigate a shooting.

A woman driving with Lemeza and another man had called a person to come and help her, saying she had been sexually assaulted. That man and another couple arrived and found the truck the woman had been in, and at one point the truck pulled across the road to stop them.

Court records state that a shot was fired through the rear window of the vehicle that the new group arrived in, went through the driver’s headrest and hit the driver in the neck, but did not break the skin.

The group drove away until they met up with law enforcement.

The suspect’s truck was later located by police near the intersection of Reserve Street and Broadway. Officers reported finding a pistol on the rear seat.

Lemeza’s hand was bloody and there was blood on the passenger side dashboard, according to court records.

After he was transported to the sheriff’s office, a deputy found a pistol magazine loaded with ammunition in the back of his patrol vehicle, and reviewed internal vehicle footage to see Lemeza taking the magazine from his sleeve and putting it under the seat.

Lemeza did not speak with detectives.

The woman who originally called the victims asking for help — Sonjia Munnerlyn — allegedly told investigators the man owed her money and had been avoiding her, so she told him she had been assaulted and raped.

She said she pulled the truck in front of their car when they arrived so the man would have to talk to her. She denied knowing who fired the gun. Munnerlyn was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for criminal contempt as well as having an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court in a different case.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.