Third Suspect in 2019 Drive-by Shootings Arrested

Dray Scott Wieting, 19, was arrested by Columbia Falls police on July 10 after more than two weeks at large

By Andy Viano

A 19-year-old man is in custody more than two weeks after he was charged with five felonies related to a series of December 2019 drive-by shootings in Kalispell.

Dray Scott Wieting was picked up by the Columbia Falls Police Department around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 10. CFPD received information that Wieting was at a residence in town and he was arrested without incident. Wieting was transported to the Flathead County Detention Center where he is currently being held on $251,625 bail.

Wieting’s arrest comes after two other men, Ansen Walter Ingraham and Joseph Trapper Bukowski, pleaded guilty in the case. Ingraham and Bukowski both agreed to plead guilty to felony assault with a weapon and felony criminal endangerment, while three other felony charges were dropped. Their separate plea agreements each call for a prison term of 15 years, with an additional 10 years suspended.

As part of his testimony in early June, Bukowski accused Wieting of firing some of the shots during the incident, which occurred just after midnight on Dec. 21, 2019. The three men, along with a juvenile, were allegedly in a dark-colored SUV on Kalispell’s west side when a barrage of bullets were fired from the vehicle into several buildings on Seventh Avenue West, Sunnyside Drive and Ashley Creek Lane. No one was injured in the shootings.

Wieting is scheduled for arraignment in Flathead County District Court on Aug. 13. Bukowski and Ingraham both remain at the Flathead County Detention Center awaiting sentencing.

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