- Associated Press - Thursday, May 29, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Yellowstone County prosecutors won’t file charges against a Billings man who shot a house guest he mistook for an intruder.

Senior County Attorney Ed Zink says in a letter to the Billings Police Department the 19-year-old victim was adamant that he did not want to press charges because the shooting was an accident.

The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that (https://bit.ly/1rm0fFJ ) prosecutors concluded no criminal activity took place and he requested the police file be closed.

Zink says homeowner William Abbott woke up the night of April 26 to sounds coming from his garage.

Abbott told investigators he fired after being startled he encountered a man at the garage door.



The house guest told police he had stepped into the garage to make a phone call.

The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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