Temple facing 2 felony charges after allegedly firing a gun - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

Temple facing 2 felony charges after allegedly firing a gun

Posted: Feb 05, 2018 1:12 PM Updated:

Gary Wayne Temple, Jr., has been charged in Great Falls with two felony counts of assault with a weapon.

Court documents state that police were dispatched to an address on Valeria Way at about 12:30 a.m. on Monday, February 5th, for a report of a shooting. A responding police officer made contact with two people who had initially run away from the scene after crashing their vehicle.

One of the two people (John Doe) told police that he had been at the Town Pump at 1411 10th Avenue South when he saw a man - later identified as Temple - "staring at him." The man and Temple got into an argument, and agreed to fight each other at nearby Chowen Springs Park, according to court documents.

Doe told police that when he arrived at the park, Temple aimed a handgun at him and fired two rounds, and one of the round hit the driver's side of Doe's vehicle.

A witness told police that he was nearby at the time and said that he heard two gunshots, and saw Doe quickly drive away and then crash his vehicle. The police officer noted an impact mark on the car that appeared to be from a bullet. Doe and the other person told police that they were in fear for their life, and crashed the car while trying to escape.

Police reviewed surveillance video from the Town Pump store and saw a man in a red hoodie pull up in a gray Dodge pickup truck near Doe's vehicle. Police went to a location where they believed Temple was, and saw the gray pickup truck. The officer noted that Temple was in the truck, and was wearing a red hoodie.

According to court documents, Temple admitted to police that he had been arguing with Doe, but said they had gone their separate ways.

Police matched the tire tracks at the scene of the shooting with the tire tracks of Temple's pickup truck.

Court documents and state prison records note that Temple has convictions in Cascade County for criminal endangerment, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and being a persistent felony offender, and he has had his bail, bond, and/or suspended sentenced revoked four times.

Prosecutors requested that bond for Temple be set at $25,000.

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