A Missoula man who in 2014 was found to have been justified when he shot and killed a man outside a strip club faces new felony charges after allegedly firing a shotgun outside his home and threatening to kill his father earlier this week.
Michael Gordon has been charged with felonies for assault with a weapon and assault on a peace officer, as well as a misdemeanor for fleeing, stemming from an incident on Tuesday.
In September 2014, Gordon shot and killed Christopher Hymel after an altercation in the parking lot of the Fox Club. Gordon had left the strip club before Hymel and was sitting in his truck when Hymel and his group walked in front of the vehicle. According to records, Hymel then attacked Gordon through the window.
Gordon took a gun from the center console and got out of his truck after another man pulled Hymel away. When Hymel came at him again, Gordon shot him in the chest.
At a coroner’s inquest months later, a jury found Gordon was legally justified in the shooting.
In Tuesday’s incident, deputies were called to a home on Primrose Lane for a report of shots being fired. Gordon had left in his truck, and when officers found him and tried to pull him over, Gordon allegedly led them on a chase that reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. At a business on Broadway Gordon stopped and got out holding a shotgun, but then dropped it and complied with officers' directions.
A woman at the Primrose house said Gordon had been intoxicated and fighting with his father, and also threatened to kill him. The woman allegedly locked Gordon — who was carrying the shotgun — out of the house, then went upstairs. While she was going upstairs, the woman said she heard three shots from outside.
Gordon made his first court appearance on Wednesday, where according to prosecutors, acting Justice of the Peace Ryan Phelan set his bail at $51,035.