On Monday, Missoula Police Department Officers were dispatched to Caras Park because a male was allegedly assaulted and was lying on the ground unresponsive. Officers arrived and made contact with a witness who said a male swung a white pole and threw punches at another male. She was not sure what the white object was. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold explains.

“Ronald Gallagher was arrested for assault with a weapon,” Arnold said. “Officers had responded to Caras Park at around 1:15 a.m. for a report of a physical disturbance. In the initial 911 call, the caller reported a male was on the ground with injuries. Medical arrived on scene and tended to the injured male. His medical condition is unknown. In the preliminary investigation, officers were able to locate a blunt object used in the assault, speak to witnesses, and collect evidence. Ronald Gallagher is being held at the Missoula County Detention Center.”

Court documents indicate officers made contact with the victim who was lying on his stomach in grass and bleeding profusely from his head and face. The victim believed a bat was used on him. However, officers found a heavily dented white metal water bottle with blood on it underneath him. The victim was not in any condition to provide further information and he was taken to St. Patrick Hospital.

When officers arrived, Gallagher was sitting on a box with a bottle of alcohol in hand next to the victim. Gallagher refused to put down the bottle and was detained in handcuffs. At one point, Gallagher admitted to assaulting the victim and said the victim “deserved it”. Gallagher is currently being charged with one count of assault with a weapon.

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