Posted: Aug 6, 2013 4:36 PM by Shannon Davis - MTN News
Updated: Aug 6, 2013 4:55 PM
Butte-Silver Bow officials continue to investigate a homicide that occurred Monday night.
Authorities have identified two persons of interest that are considered armed and potentially dangerous.
"Our detectives right now and patrol division are chasing a number of leads to see if we can locate these individuals," said Sheriff Ed Lester.
Around 11:20 p.m. Monday, authorities responded to 1322 Casey Street. A 46-year-old Butte man was located in the backyard with a gunshot wound to his head.
He was taken to St. James Healthcare and pronounced dead a short time later.
"The weapon was not recovered at the scene so as far as we know these individuals may have the weapon with them still," Lester said.
Authorities are looking for 24 -year-old Jeffery Bruce Lackman. He's white, six feet tall and 175 pounds, has black hair and blue eyes.
They are also searching for 36 six year old Vernon Earl Maddock, white, five feet, 10 inches tall 160 pounds, has brown hair and blue eyes.
Witnesses say he had no facial hair at the scene.
Both Lackman and Maddock have a history with the Butte-Silver Bow Police Department.
"In addition to these individuals we believe there were at least two or three other individuals at the scene," said Lester. "We are looking to talk to them also to get the full picture of what was going on when this incident occurred."
Authorities believe the pair are traveling in a two-door red Acura Legend.
It's unclear if they have left the area.
"I think it would be best if these individuals to come forward and give their version of this incident, the sooner the better," said Lester.
This case is still developing as authorities speak with witnesses.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either man or information about this incident can contact the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department at 497-1120.