For some, the Dec. 4 accidental and fatal shooting in Mitchell brought back painful memories of a similar incident from 12 years ago.
For a retired local police officer, it was yet another reminder of the incompatibility of alcohol and guns.
“I was being real dumb and I just killed my friend.” According to a police report, those were the words spoken by 21-yearold Burke native William “Will” Davis to a 911 operator. Davis called 911 moments after he allegedly shot Matt Montag, 19, on Dec. 4 in a Mitchell rental house. Police have called the shooting accidental but reckless.
Anne Montag and her husband, Larry, have plenty of physical reminders of their son.
When she looks at the lake near their home in rural Big Stone City, she remembers how a young and fun-loving Matt Montag would swim, canoe and, on some occasions, swing off a rope into the water.
One man is dead and another is accused of manslaughter following a Saturday night shooting in Mitchell.
William Dean Davis, 21, of Mitchell, is accused of first-degree manslaughter in the death of a 19-year-old man. Mitchell police did not immediately release the victim’s name. Police said Davis is believed to have recklessly discharged a firearm, resulting in the younger man’s death.
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