KALISPELL – Before he allegedly shot Harold Gordon to death early Sunday morning in Marion, authorities say Mark Bolton Ames fired multiple rounds from an AK-47 rifle into Gordon’s duplex.

Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan charged Ames, 52, with deliberate homicide Tuesday.

Flathead County Undersheriff Dave Leib said the suspect and the 60-year-old victim apparently were involved in an ongoing dispute of unknown origins.

Gordon had a restraining order against Ames out of Flathead County that was still in effect at the time of the shooting, according to Leib, and Ames had previously take out a restraining order against Gordon in Washington state.

After the AK-47 was fired into his duplex “at some time between midnight and 1:44 a.m.,” according to a motion filed by Corrigan, Gordon reportedly came outside armed with a shotgun and confronted the defendant.

Ames then allegedly shot Gordon with a .32 semi-automatic pistol, killing him.

Authorities said Gordon did not fire his shotgun.

Gordon owned the duplex, and rented the other unit to Ames’ wife, according to Leib.

It was unclear whether Ames lived at the duplex with his wife, based on contradicting reports from the sheriff’s office and information contained in court filings.

The duplex’s two units are separated by an attached two-car garage, Leib said.

Ames was taken into custody shortly after the incident by Flathead County deputies.

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Reporter Vince Devlin can be reached at 1-800-366-7186 or by email at vdevlin@missoulian.com.

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