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Man charged with attempted deliberate homicide in Butte crossbow shooting

Posted at 8:21 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 16:37:03-04

BUTTE - A man faces a felony charge of attempted deliberate homicide after wounding a man by shooting him in the chest with a crossbow at a Butte residence last month.

Joshua Michael Ott made his initial appearance in Justice Court Thursday to face two felony counts in connection with the February 28 incident.

Ott is accused of seriously wounding a 36-year-old Butte man by shooting him in the chest with a crossbow at a residence on Silver Bow Boulevard.

“The victim immediately pulled the arrow from his chest, dropped it and then other people in the house were administering basic first aid to him until we got there and cleared the scene and had A-1 ambulance come in, administer first aid and then transfer him to St. James,” said Butte Undersheriff George Skuletich.

Ott was arrested on March 5 in Missoula after leading police in a brief pursuit. Ott was remanded to jail on $100,000 bond.