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Woman shot in Pablo

PABLO – Law enforcement officers from several agencies worked to find the suspects wanted in connection with an incident in Pablo around noon on Monday, Dec. 14. One arrest has been made, but the other suspect hasn’t been found.

“We got a call that shots had been fired,” said Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribal Police Chief Craige Couture.

The female victim was shot in the torso. She was taken to the hospital and later needed to be transported by helicopter to another hospital for surgery. Her name is being withheld for safety reasons.

“She made it through the surgery,” said Chief Couture. “She is conscious and was able to identify photos of the suspect.”

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said that an investigation by LCSD detectives determined that the identity of the shooter is 28-year-old Ashley Rae Hewankorn. Bell said she will be charged with assault with a weapon. 

Hewankorn was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 16, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Glacier County Sheriff’s office. Lake County Sheriff’s office detectives received a tip that Hewankorn was hitchhiking to Browning. The arrest was made about an hour after the tip was received.

Hewankorn has felony warrants out for her arrest associated with charges from earlier incidences that include violating the conditions of release and criminal possession of dangerous drugs. 

According to Bell, Law enforcement also identified Isaac Fleming, a 17-year-old juvenile, as an additional suspect in this incident after further investigation. Law enforcement were still searching for Fleming as of Monday, Dec. 21. Bell added that Fleming has warrants out for his arrest due to unrelated crimes. Bell said Fleming is 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 pounds. He is Caucasian with blue eyes and light brown hair. 

Sheriff Bell noted that citizens shouldn’t attempt to contact or detain the suspect. If anyone has any information contact the Sheriff’s Department at 406-883-7301, Lake County Crime Stoppers at 406-883-7308 or Tribal Police at 406-675-4700.

Responding to the incident was a cooperative effort.

“Multiple agencies are working together on this,” Chief Couture said adding that law enforcement agencies including the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Montana Highway Patrol, Tribal Police and area police departments often work together to pool resources.

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