One dead, one arrested after shooting in Coram

Posted at 3:49 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 17:49:40-05

KALISPELL – A man is facing murder charges after an early morning shooting Thursday in Coram.

Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino said deputies responded to an address in Coram at approximately 1:30 a.m. for a report of shots fired.

Martin Chandler (Courtesy: Flathead County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies and a Columbia Falls Police officer found William Melton, 54, who died at the scene due to gunshot wounds.

Heino said the suspect was identified as Martin Chandler, 19, who was taken into custody.

He’s being held without bail in the Flathead County Detention Center on a charge of deliberate homicide.

The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that Chandler’s criminal record with their office included burglary, partner/family member assault, disorderly conduct, theft and criminal mischief.

Detectives are still investigating Melton’s death.