Man Shot In Face Appears In Court Charged With Burglary And Assault With A Weapon [WATCH]
There was very little for Casey Heavyrunner to be thankful for on Thanksgiving morning, having been shot in the face after allegedly breaking into a friend's home and assaulting him with a knife.
Court records say the 40 year-old Heavyrunner was shot in the face with a .22 caliber rifle, then ran to a residence on Mars Lane near Highway 200, where he awakened the residents, who then contacted authorities.
Heavyrunner's facial injuries were so severe, he was transported from Missoula to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
He appeared in Missoula Justice Court on Thursday, charged with felony burglary, assault with a weapon and tampering with evidence. Deputy Missoula County Attorney Brittany Santorno pointed out Heavyrunner's extensive criminal history while requesting Judge Marie Anderson set bail at $35,000.
"The defendant poses a danger to the community, with a criminal history that includes convictions for felony theft, felony bail jumping, three counts of disorderly conducts, two counts of partner or family member assault, criminal mischief and obstructing," Santorno said. "He is also a flight risk, considering his history of bail jumping, and his history is also replete with probation violations."
Bail was set at $35,000. After being shot on Thanksgiving day, Heavyrunner's next court appearance will be on New Year's Eve at 4:00 p.m.