Havre PD: Fatal Shooting Likely Due to Careless Handling of Rifle

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – Havre Police Captain Aaron Wittmer says the fatal shooting in a Havre residence that killed 21-year-old Dyllan Murray on Sunday morning was likely due to careless management of a .223 caliber AR-style rifle.

23-year-old Xavier Clarke of Havre is in the Hill County Detention Center on the pending charge of negligent homicide, as well as two counts of assault with a weapon.

Wittmer says that the shooting occurred just before 2 AM at a get together in which alcohol was involved. Clarke pointed the rifle at Murray and it discharged. He says it has not been determined if the gun discharged due to Clark pulling the trigger or it malfunctioning.

Wittmer says the two counts of assault with a weapon are because Clarke pointed the weapon at other individuals.

The case remains under investigation, but the scene on Saddle Butte Drive was released on Monday afternoon. The autopsy has been completed, and Wittmer says it showed that the death was caused by the weapon.

Formal charges are expected to be filed later this week.

3 Comments

  1. Your article states “…Clarke pointed the rifle at Murray and it discharged. He says it has not been determined if the gun discharged due to Murray pulling the trigger or it malfunctioning.” Should this say Clarke and NOT Murray pulling the trigger?

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