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The third man charged in connection with a shootout in Shepherd last week has made his first court appearance.

Kelly Ray Dolman, 35, is charged with two counts of assault with a weapon in the shooting at a Shepherd residence on Bea’s Lane early on June 3.

Justice of the Peace David Carter set bond at $75,000 and required GPS monitoring prior to release. 

The shooting injured two adult men and one teen who had been asleep when the gunfire began, his girlfriend told police. A 2-year-old child was also inside the home at the time, charges state.

Sheriff’s deputies responded shortly before 5 a.m.

Dolman, Gregory Allen Johnson and James Armstrong Higgins are all charged with two counts of assault with a weapon for the shooting of a 22-year-old and 15-year-old who were inside the home.

The three had gone to the Shepherd house to confront the 22-year-old about a drug deal, charges state.

Dolman admitted to entering the home with a pistol, according to his charges. The Montana Violent Offenders Task Force arrested Dolman at a Billings laundromat Thursday evening.

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Johnson, 40, said he fired a gun into the air but never shot at anyone. However, the 22-year-old told investigators it was “Greg Johnson” who shot him, charges state.

Higgins, 39, was arrested in Billings the day after the shooting. Charges for Higgins do not indicate whether he made a statement to police.

The 22-year-old was hit by gunfire three times, according to charges: in the right arm, in the right chest or underarm, and in the back.

The 15-year-old was shot in the left arm, near the elbow, charges state.

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Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.