A Sidney man faces deliberate homicide charges following the shooting death of a construction worker on Wednesday.

Raymond Hansen, 35, is suspected of the deliberate homicide of 63-year-old Terry Klein, also from Sidney, said a news release from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 9 a.m. Wednesday, a Franz Construction employee reported a co-worker needed medical attention at a breached irrigation canal south of Sidney where construction crews were working. Responding sheriff’s deputies discovered Klein with at least one gunshot wound and it appeared he was the victim of a “criminal act,” the release said.

An early investigation established Hansen as a person of interest, and he was later detained. It appears he acted alone and officials are still working to establish a motive, according to the news release.

Investigators had not recovered a weapon as of Thursday afternoon but were serving multiple search warrants, said Richland County Undersheriff Bob Burnison.

Burnison said Hansen was not employed by Franz Construction and that investigators are working to determine why he was at the job site. Klein was employed by the construction company, but his position was not immediately available.

Richland County Justice Court Judge Gregory Mohr said Hansen made an initial appearance in his courtroom Thursday morning and bond is set at $2 million. A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 7 and Hansen will be arraigned in Richland County District Court on Sept. 14.

An autopsy of Klein's body was scheduled for Thursday. The exact cause of death will be released after it is completed, according to the Richland County Coroner's Office.

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General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.