Suspects in Kalispell Drive-by Plead Not Guilty

Ansen Walter Ingraham and Joseph Trapper Bukowski appeared in Flathead County District Court on Thursday

By Justin Franz

Two Flathead Valley men appeared in court three weeks after they were arrested following a series of drive-by shootings in Kalispell.

Ansen Walter Ingraham, 18, and Joseph Trapper Bukowski, 19, both pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges of assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment following the Dec. 21 shooting. The two men are expected to stand trial later this year.

According to court documents, the Kalispell Police Department received a report of a shooting on Dec. 21 at 12:08 a.m. near Seventh Avenue West. According to witnesses, a black SUV drove down the street and the occupants fired at multiple residences. Bullets were found in multiple homes and more than 20 shells were found in the street.

Later on, law enforcement received a report of two more shootings on Sunnyside Drive and Ashley Creek Lane. In one of those incidents, a bullet entered a home and passed within feet of a sleeping child.

After speaking with witnesses, law enforcement came to believe that 18-year-old Ansen Walter Ingraham was involved. Later on, police learned that Ingraham was staying with a man on Cottonwood Drive. When law enforcement went to the home and asked the man there about the shooting he said, “they did it.” The man said that Ingraham and another man, later identified as Bukowski, left the home on Dec. 21 to “deal with some business.” The man told authorities that Ingraham and the other suspect returned home later with multiple guns. The man also heard one of them state that they had “drained (their) clip.”

Ingraham was arrested on Dec. 23 and Bukowski was arrested on Dec. 27.

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