Man jailed in connection with South Side shooting

2014-05-13T10:00:00Z 2014-08-12T14:10:06Z Man jailed in connection with South Side shootingBy CHRIS CIOFFI The Billings Gazette

A 37-year-old man arrested in connection with Sunday’s South Side shooting is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

Danny Jo Lira is scheduled to make an initial court appearance on two charges, felony aggravated burglary by accountability and a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer.

According to charging documents, Lira and a second man, Christopher James Michelotti, forced their way into a home in the 3000 block of Eighth Avenue South at about 11 p.m. Sunday.

The victim of the shooting, identified in court records as Michelotti, entered the house armed with a handgun. Several of the residents retreated to the basement of the house.

One of the residents, who was armed with a shotgun, reported that Michelotti started to walk downstairs after being warned to stay away.

The man fired one shot, hitting Michelotti in the leg. According to charging documents Michelotti fired three shots back that didn't hit anyone.

The resident who fired the shotgun was interviewed by police and was released, pending further investigation.

Michelotti’s condition wasn’t immediately available Tuesday afternoon.

According to charging documents, Lira drove Michelotti to the residence and also illegally entered the home.

The obstruction charge against him alleges he lied to detectives about his involvement in the incident.

In 2006, Lira was convicted for traffic violations and was arrested for criminal possession of dangerous drugs in 2007, Iffland said. 

He also was involved in an incident in 2009 at the Wal-Mart on King Avenue West. Lira was shot in the head by a fellow employee after Lira hit co-worker Craig Schmidt, 49, in the face. 

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