Rose charged for Sunday shooting in Great Falls

Posted at 3:21 PM, Apr 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-09 17:21:58-04

William Patrick Rose III, 42 years old, has been charged with assault with a weapon (felony) in Great Falls after he allegedly told police that he had shot someone on Sunday.

Court documents state that on Sunday night, Rose contacted the Great Falls Police Department and reported that he had shot someone.

Officers responded to the residence on the 500 block of 22nd Avenue NE, where they found a man with a gunshot wound to his chest.

The man who was shot was taken to Benefis Health System for treatment; there is no word at this time on his current condition.

According to court documents, Rose claimed that the shooting was in self-defense, and told police that the gun he used was inside his vehicle parked in front of the residence, but refused to provide any other information.

Prosecutors have requested that bond for Rose be set at $100,000 due to the "excessively violent nature of this crime."

We will update you as we get more information.

(1st Report, Sunday, 10:01 p.m.) Police are investigating what was initially reported as a domestic disturbance in Great Falls.

We have received several unconfirmed reports that people in the area may have heard gunshots, but the GFPD has neither confirmed nor denied that there was a shooting.

Police officers at the scene told KRTV that the two people involved in the disturbance are now both at Benefis Health System hospital.

The nature and extent of any injuries has not yet been disclosed.

As of 10:15 p.m., police officers are still at the scene, and crime scene tape surrounds the house.

Police say that there is no danger to the public.

We will update you when we get more information.

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