Investigators on Friday were still sorting through details of a disturbance early Thanksgiving morning east of Missoula that resulted in a 40-year-old Missoula man being shot in the face by a .22 caliber rifle.
The wounded man was flown to a hospital in Seattle after he knocked on a door in the 6600 block of Highway 200 East in Pine Grove, west of Bonner.
Brenda Bassett of the Missoula County Sheriff's Office said the shooting appeared to have stemmed from an altercation between acquaintances at a house nearby. The neighbor who answered the door and called 9-1-1 didn’t know the victim, she said.
A dozen units from the sheriff's office responded to the call that came in at 5:51 a.m., as did five emergency medical and rural fire units. The victim was initially transported by ambulance to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula before he was flown to Seattle.
The incident was listed as a burglary in the Missoula daily public report, but “it wasn’t a home-invasion-type situation” and there is no risk to the community, Bassett stressed.
No arrests have been made and sheriff's detectives are continuing interviews in the case.
The man who was shot remained in stable but serious condition in Seattle. Bassett said investigators will have a better sense of what happened when they're able to interview him.