A Newton-area shooting that left four people dead, including an alleged gunman, appears to have resulted mostly from a “domestic-type situation,” Harvey County Attorney David Yoder said Friday.
“At this point in time, the primary driving factor doesn’t appear to be specifically drug-related but more on the lines of a domestic-type situation,” Yoder said.
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Investigators are trying to determine whether other people were involved in the shooting, said Yoder, the county’s chief prosecutor.
A woman whom Yoder described as a “person of interest” was taken into custody Thursday. But in a news release Friday afternoon, Yoder’s office said the woman had been released and likely does not face charges.
Yoder also confirmed that the alleged shooter, David Montano, 33, was facing federal charges in a separate case. The federal case is not thought to be related to the shooting Thursday, he said.
In January 2016, federal prosecutors charged Montano with conspiring with others – including a Wichita physician, Steven R. Henson – “to distribute, dispense, and possess with the intent to distribute … Oxycodone, Alprazolam, and Methadone … outside the usual course of professional medical practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.”
At a news conference Thursday, Yoder said that Montano was fatally shot by police after officers responded to a home in a rural area just northeast of Newton at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Authorities said Montano was holding a shotgun and ignored demands made by officers before he was shot.
The three victims were Michael Lemons; his brother, Nelton Lemons; and Jason Stubby, Yoder said. Each suffered a single shot and died at the scene.