Whitefish Man Charged with Shooting at Bikers During Road Rage Incident

Christopher Robert Showen allegedly leaned out of his car and shot at two people on a motorcycle

By Justin Franz

A 34-year-old Whitefish man has been charged with assault with a weapon after he shot at two people on a motorcycle on Aug. 2, according to the Flathead County Sheriff.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of shots being fired on Trumble Creek Road near Columbia Falls. The victim and his girlfriend told police that they were riding their motorcycle when a reckless driver passed them in the Creston area. As they passed, the occupants of the vehicle reportedly made obscene gestures at the bikers.

The couple on the motorcycle followed the vehicle in an attempt to get the license plate number. As the vehicle approached the intersection of Trumble Creek and Hodgson roads, a male passenger, later identified as Christopher Robert Showen, reportedly leaned out of the car and began firing a handgun at the couple on the motorcycle. No one was hit or injured. The couple stopped following the vehicle and called police.

Police tracked the vehicle to the Whitefish area where they arrested Showen. The case remains under investigation.


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