A woman’s father allegedly shot her
boyfriend early Sunday morning at her parents’ Happys Inn-area
residence in an incident that law-enforcement officials say
Scott Haskins, 38, of Olympia, Wash.,
was airlifted to Kalispell Regional Medical Center after sustaining
non-life-threatening injuries from a gunshot wound to his upper
back, according to Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe.
According to witness statements, Bowe
said, Haskins and his girlfriend’s father, 69-year-old Conrad Budd
of Libby, had an altercation preceding the shooting. Haskins
attempted to re-enter the residence after being told to leave, Bowe
said, and Budd, who was standing outside the home, allegedly shot
him with a handgun.
A witness reported the shooting in a
911 call at about 3:10 a.m., Bowe said. After sheriff deputies
arrived, Fisher River Valley Fire and Rescue administered aid to
Haskins, who was placed on a helicopter at about 4:23 a.m. to be
transported to Kalispell.
Budd was detained and questioned about
the incident but was later released.
It had not yet been determined whether
the shooting was criminal or an act of self-defense, Bowe said, so
no charges had been filed as of Monday. The decision would
ultimately be up to the Lincoln County Attorney’s Office, he added,
which was closed Monday for a federal holiday.