- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A man who was arrested at a state park just southeast of Billings confessed to being high on methamphetamines when he fired shots at an SUV in Billings and into the bushes at the state park, Billings police and Yellowstone County authorities said Wednesday.

Kelly Dee Megard, 52, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at Pictograph Cave State Park by officers responding to a report that a man was yelling incoherently and firing a gun into the bushes, Sheriff Mike Linder said.

About 40 visitors took shelter in the visitor’s center. No one at the park was injured.

The shooting happened about 30 minutes after a woman traveling with her two children in Billings reported a man fired several shots at her SUV and rammed into it with his car.

The woman and her children, ages 6 and 7, were not injured, but Police Chief Rich St. John said bullets came within inches of hitting the woman and one of her children.

“Obviously this was a traumatic event” for the mother and her children, St. John said Wednesday.

Megard was high on meth, paranoid and believed someone was chasing him, St. John said.

Jail records indicate Megard was arrested on suspicion of attempted deliberate homicide, two counts of criminal endangerment and violating his parole. He was jailed and not available for comment on Wednesday.

Megard is scheduled to make an initial court appearance on Thursday, where he will be able to request a public defender.

Megard has previous convictions for DUI and carrying a concealed weapon in Lincoln County and was sentenced in August 2011 for conspiracy to assault a peace officer in Cascade County in late 2010, according to state records.


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