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Montana man killed wife and children because she was "mocking him"

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Anaconda police gather outside the home southeast of Deer Lodge that was the scene where a man shot his wife and children before killing himself Sunday (Photo: John Emeigh-MTN News) Anaconda police gather outside the home southeast of Deer Lodge that was the scene where a man shot his wife and children before killing himself Sunday (Photo: John Emeigh-MTN News)
Michael “Augustine” Bournes and Arie Arlynn Lee Michael “Augustine” Bournes and Arie Arlynn Lee
Deer Lodge Police Chief Tim Barkell (MTN News photo) Deer Lodge Police Chief Tim Barkell (MTN News photo)
NEAR DEER LODGE - Authorities have released the names of the victims of this weekend's multiple murders-suicide near Deer Lodge.

The victims have been identified as Arie Arlynn Lee, 37 years old; Arie Lee Bournes, 1; Woodrow Lee Bournes, 4; and Augustine Lee Bournes, 5.

Michael “Augustine” Bournes, 59, the husband and father, has been identified as the shooter in the incident.

Authorities said Tuesday that Bournes had complained to an acquaintance that his wife had been "mocking him and riding him" that day.

Deer Lodge Police Chief Tim Barkell said Bournes made the statement in a call Sunday after shooting his family in the rural home. 

Barkell said, "Of course we want to know why more than, 'My wife was mocking me," and maybe he's just that kind of guy, I don't know. We don't know him," Barkell said.

Police report Bournes was charged in 1995 with assault and eluding police in New Mexico, but had no contact with law enforcement since living in Montana for the past two years. Investigators found what they said was "anti-government literature" in his residence.

"We found books and that kind of thing, and (a MT FWP official) said that whenever he would see (Bournes) he wanted nothing to do law enforcement," Barkell said.


(June 8, 2015) Anaconda-Deer Lodge law enforcement officials said that on Sunday morning a man shot his wife and three young children before killing himself in their home off of Boulder Road near Orofino Campground, about 13 miles southeast of Deer Lodge. 

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Coroner Jerry Thomas says that the 59-year-old man shot and killed his wife and their three children, ages 5, 4 and 1 year old. 

Investigators still do not know why the man did it.

Steve Barclay, a detective with the Anaconda Police Department, said, "Trying to establish a background on the guy, trying to get a criminal history on him anything to see where these people came from anything about their past."

The family lived on in a log cabin in the Beaverhead- Deer Lodge National Forest, but in that house early Sunday morning something ugly happened and those who knew the family are still dismayed and shocked about what happened. 

Police report that the husband called a friend Sunday morning and told him he shot his family and that he was going to shoot himself. 

When officers responded, they saw that the man had started a fire in the home. 

Police had to wait for firefighters to put it out before entering and finding the tragic scene. 

Barclay noted, "This is something you don't want to see, especially with the three children."

Theresa Yockim of Deer Lodge helped work on the family's home last summer and said she saw them last week leaving a Deer Lodge restaurant looking like a happy family. 

Yockim recalled, "They all waved and said hello. He picked up the baby's hand to wave at me, and that's the way I have to see them, I can't see them any other way, I just can't. My mind won't allow it. 

Yockim said, "Everybody says the same thing: it doesn't make sense, they were friendly, they were happy, they were kind to each other."

Authorities have not yet released the names of any of the family members.
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