Deer Lodge man facing charge of attempted homicide

Deer Lodge man facing charge of attempted homicide
Deer Lodge shooting - April 14, 2022
Posted at 12:22 PM, Apr 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-15 17:08:31-04

Erik Christiaan Holland of Deer Lodge was arrested Wednesday, April 13, 2022, after reportedly shooting a man.

At about 10:55 a.m. the Powell County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible shooting at 908 Gilbert Avenue in Deer Lodge.

Deer Lodge police officers and Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene. The suspect - later identified as Holland - had left the residence before officers arrived. Nearby schools were notified of the incident and advised to go on lockdown as a precaution until the situation was resolved.

Holland was found in a vehicle outside of Deer Lodge. After an attempt to get him to stop, a Sheriff’s deputy began chasing after him, and was soon joined by other officers. Holland’s vehicle continued on for about 6.5 miles on county roads north of Deer Lodge, eventually stopping on private property.

Holland remained in his vehicle for about 10 minutes. Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles was eventually able to convince Holland to come out of his vehicle, and he was arrested without further incident.

Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles said the two men know each other and this wasn’t a random shooting.

The victim, identified as 38-year old Bradley John Masters, was taken to Deer Lodge Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.

“I can say that the nature of the injury was serious. I have talked to the victim since yesterday, he is talking and able to communicate with me, so that part of it is good,” said Roselles.

Holland is being held at the Powell County Detention Center on charges of attempted deliberate homicide, assault with a weapon, and criminal endangerment.

Additional charges are expected to be filed at a later date.

There is no word on what sparked the shooting. We will update you if we get more information.


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Erik Christian Holland, 23, of Deer Lodge, faces a charge of attempted deliberate homicide assault with a weapon, and criminal endangerment in connection with the Wednesday morning (April 13, 2022) shooting and wounding of a Deer Lodge man.