A man shot near the California Street bridge on Monday likely was hit by a bullet that ricocheted after being shot at the ground, an investigation has concluded.
Jordan Branch Standingrock, who was arrested and initially held on suspicion of attempted deliberate homicide, has been charged instead with felonies for assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment.
According to court documents, the victim’s mother called 911 at about 8:15 p.m. Monday to report that her son had been shot in the head by Standingrock. The victim was taken to the hospital where it was determined he had been grazed by a bullet.
He allegedly would not identify the man responsible, only that his assailant had put a gun to his forehead after an argument between them. Standingrock allegedly walked away before firing the weapon. The victim refused to cooperate further with police.
Detectives investigating the scene found a 9mm shell casing and a deformed bullet.
During Standingrock's initial appearance Wednesday, deputy county attorney Brittany Santorno said the gun has not been recovered, and asked for a $75,000 bail.
Public defense attorney Reed Mandelko asked for bail to be set at $20,000, saying Standingrock was a lifelong resident of Missoula, and stressing that the victim was not cooperating with investigators.
“It seems to me that there’s a lot more going on than immediately meets the eye,” he said.
Justice of the Peace Marie Andersen set Standingrock’s bail at $60,000 and allowed him to be screened for pretrial supervision.