Road rage incident leads to arrest
KALISPELL, Mont. - A driver allegedly fired shots in a road rage incident in Whitefish on Saturday. A man and his girlfriend said they were riding their motorcycle when a reckless driver passed them near Creston. They reportedly followed the truck to Trumble Creek Road near the intersection of Hodgson Road.
"It is summertime in the Flathead and road rage incidents are not uncommon. They're not uncommon for us to respond to and deal with," said Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry.
Curry tells us the incident his deputies responded to Saturday, was anything but a regular road rage call.
"When the vehicle was traveling on Trumble Creek, the motorcycle was some distance behind. About Hodgson Road, the victim states that a male leaned out of the passenger side of the car with a handgun, a semi-automatic handgun, and began firing at them," Curry said.
It turns out the suspect, 34-year-old Christopher Robert Showen, is no regular suspect.
We did a simple Google search for Showen, and found that Showen's had his share of encounters with the law. We found articles and websites detailing multiple arrests in and out of the state of Montana over the last 15 years.
In 1999, Showen went on trial for the murder of 19-year-old C.J. Storkson near Olney. Three people took the stand and said Showen was guilty. The jury didn't believe them, and Showen was acquitted.
In 2004, he was charged in a shooting at a bonfire in Alaska. That charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor.
Then in 2006, back in Montana, he got a 5-year suspended sentence for charges connected to a shootout at the Eureka police station that left another man critically wounded.
The sheriff told us he knows things could have turned out much different last weekend.
"Thankfully no one was injured in this incident, and again it's always unfortunate that road rage type incidents turn into gunfire, and we're very lucky that no one was hurt or injured," said Curry.