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2 men charged for Butte shooting death

Nicholas Jaegar and Jay Hubber
Posted at 6:53 PM, Dec 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-22 11:02:52-05

BUTTE — The Butte-Silver Bow Coroner has identified the victim of Sunday’s fatal shooting as 42-year-old William Harris of Butte.

The Butte-Silver Bow Coroner has identified the victim of Sunday’s fatal shooting as 42-year-old William Harris
The Butte-Silver Bow Coroner identified the victim as 42-year-old William Harris

Harris was shot and killed at his residence at 815 Main Street at about 6:55 p.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2021.

One neighbor said that the night before the shooting, she called the police to complain about a loud party going on at that residence.

“This is what happened, and I knew it was going to happen, the night before last, I did, I called on that trailer. I said, ‘There’s a bunch of druggies and there’s going to be a problem,’” said Kayla Ortez.

She said that she and other neighbors have complained to police about alleged drug activity and disturbances at the residence.

“That guy didn’t have to die, if they would have just busted this house, that guy would still be alive, and that’s the sad part,” said Ortez.

Two 32-year-old men were charged on Tuesday.

Nicholas Jaegar and Jay Hubber, both of Butte, are charged with deliberate homicide and aggravated burglary.

Hubber was upset when he learned he was being charged with deliberate homicide: “That’s insane. I didn’t f------ shoot anybody."

Charging documents claim the two men forced their way into Harris’ home and assaulted another man and attempted to Tase him.

During that assault, Harris was shot and died. No further details have been provided.

Bail for each man was set at $250,000.

(DECEMBER 20, 2021) A man is dead after a shooting in Butte on Sunday, according to Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement.

Sheriff Ed Lester said in a news release that Butte Police, A-1 Ambulance, and Butte Fire Rescue responded at around 6:55 p.m. to the shooting on the 800 block of South Main Street in Butte.


A 42-year-old Butte man was taken to St. James Healthcare with gunshot injuries.

He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, according to Sheriff Lester.

The name of the man has not yet been released.

The release said several people at the residence have been detained or questioned, and evidence has been recovered from the scene.

Sheriff Lester said the investigation is active and there is no ongoing threat to the public.

No other details have been released at this point.

We will update you if we get more information.