A Dixon man is dead and his wife is in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a brutal home invasion Thursday night.
Doug Morigeau was killed at his home on Montana Highway 212 outside Dixon on Thursday evening. His wife, Cheryl Morigeau, was listed in serious condition Friday night and remained in the intensive care unit at Harborview.
Nathan Lee William Calvert of Missoula is in custody in connection with the incident, according to a news release from Sanders County Sheriff Tom Rummel.
Sanders County officials refused to release further information about the incident Friday, saying only in Rummel’s brief news release that deputies from Lake and Sanders counties, as well as Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes law enforcement, responded to a home in the Dixon area just before 8 p.m. Thursday.
Calvert was in custody and one person was dead and one was hospitalized, the release said.
A detention center employee confirmed that Calvert remained in custody at the Sanders County jail Friday afternoon and said Calvert had been seen by a judge. A Sanders County District Court clerk would not give information on any charges or hearings. Sanders County Attorney Robert Zimmerman did not return calls for comment.
Tom Sheridan lives on Highway 212 just half a mile from the Morigeaus. He confirmed it was his lifelong friend Doug Morigeau who was killed.
“We’ve always fished together, and worked together. We were very close friends,” Sheridan said, adding that the Morigeaus were “very well liked” and the community was “pretty upset.”
Neighbors began hearing about the incident around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
That’s when Harley Hettick got a call from Sheridan, saying police were searching for a “nut job or a crazy man” who was “running around.”
“He said that Doug got killed and his wife was stabbed and they didn’t know the condition of her. We turned the lights on in the yard, then locked the doors. We about half the time don’t lock the doors. I don’t think a lot of people do,” Hettick said.
An hour later, the Hetticks were notified the suspect had been caught. Neighbors told Hettick only knives were used during the incident, not guns.
“It is a horrible thing. Doug and Cheryl are really good people and good neighbors, and good community people. As far as I know, they just got along with everybody and were really peaceful kind of folks,” Hettick said.
Calvert is listed as a violent offender on the Montana Department of Corrections website.
He is on probation after being convicted in Missoula of partner or family member assault in December 2010. Calvert appeared before Missoula County District Court Judge John Larson on Thursday afternoon for a status update on court-ordered penalties in that assault case.
Court records say Calvert was charged with felony assault after “punching (his partner) in the head and body with his fists.” It was a “third or subsequent offense,” court records said.
The Morigeaus are listed in an online directory as staff members at Two Eagle River School in Pablo.
Two Eagle River is not having class Monday to mourn the loss of a staff member, said Rob McDonald, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes communications director. However, members of the Two Eagle staff have been asked to report to work.