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Arlee shooting victim identified; investigation continues

Posted: Jan 18, 2018 11:37 AM Updated:

Authorities have identified Leonard L. Peak, Jr., of Arlee as the man who was shot and killed on Wednesday afternoon in Polson.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says Peak, 49 years old, died after being shot at a residence on Sanders Street shortly after 3:30 p.m.

The person who fired the fatal shot was taken into custody but was released after questioning, and no charges have been filed at this time.

“The shooter in the fatal shooting was placed in custody along with two witnesses and they were brought up to the Lake County Detention Center for interviews with the detectives and then all three were released pending the investigation -- but it's leaning towards a self-defense," Sheriff Bell told MTN News.

Other witnesses have been interviewed and the investigation is continuing. 

Sheriff Bell says there's no threat to the community and no other details are being released at this time. 

Peak's body was taken to the Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula for autopsy.


(JANUARY 17, 2018) One man died in a Wednesday afternoon fatal shooting in Arlee. The shooter is in custody and witnesses were questioned late Wednesday evening. 

The call came in just after 3:30 p.m. of a violent altercation in Arlee and when law enforcement arrived to the scene, Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says they discovered one man had been fatally shot.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal police were first on the scene, followed shortly by Lake County Sheriff deputies.  CSKT Fish and Game wardens were also there, helping divert traffic.

"We first want to get here and make sure everybody is safe," Sheriff Bell said. "And then we secure the scene and then make sure we have everybody that we need to talk to in custody."

That includes a male suspect and three witnesses. The witnesses were taken to the Lake County Courthouse for questioning.

The shooting took place on Sanders Street, just a block from Arlee High School.

Because law enforcement was able to apprehend the suspected gunman quickly, Bell says students and school faculty were not in any danger.

"We were in contact with the school, letting them know that we had people in custody right away so they didn't have to do a lock-down," said Sheriff Bell.  "It's really about keeping the community safe."

The ages and identities of those involved will not be released until the family of the deceased is notified.

The events leading up to the shooting are still unclear and an investigation into the shooting is still underway.

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