Missoula Police Searching for Suspect in Shooting Death

The suspect, 33-year-old Christopher Lance Newrider, has a history of convictions and violence

By Associated Press

MISSOULA — Police in Missoula are searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting.

Sgt. Travis Welsh said a 33-year-old man was shot in the head in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon. His name has not been released.

The suspect has been identified as Christopher Lance Newrider, 33, who recently absconded from the supervision of his parole officer in Anaconda, according to state Department of Corrections records.

Newrider is 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall, weighs 200 pounds (91 kilograms) and has brown hair, green eyes and dark facial hair. He ran away from the scene of the shooting and should be considered armed and dangerous, Welsh said.

He was wearing a black beanie, a black hoodie and black shoes, officials said.

Newrider pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping and aggravated felony assault for beating and hog-tying a man in Missoula in 2007, causing injuries including broken bones and a collapsed lung. Newrider also has burglary convictions in 2006 and 2018, state records said.