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Marion residents react to Thursday's shooting incident

By Rebecca Vogt, KCFW Reporter, rvogt@kcfw.com
Published On: Sep 14 2013 05:30:08 PM MDT
MARION, Mont. -

A Marion man is in serious condition in a Seattle hospital after a shooting Thursday on Badger Hollow Trail. Folks we spoke to are stunned to hear about the altercation between the two residents.

"Everybody up on that road I know. but I'm not going past his property because I'm afraid hes going to come out and do something," said Patti Knudsen.

We're told Jason Guymon, who lives on Badger Hollow, had an argument with fellow resident Paul West after he tried to stop a friend of Guymon's from riding a horse to his home. West followed the friend to Guymon's residence, where Guymon exited with a shotgun. Authorities said as the argument escalated, both men fired their weapons. Guymon suffered from two shots to his torso. ALERT helicopter airlifted him to Kalispell Regional Medical Center and underwent emergency surgery. Guymon was then flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

"No reason for him to come out of that property and yell at somebody over a private road," said Knudsen.

We discovered Badger Hollow turns into a private road after about a mile. A sign after that point clearly states "No trespassing. No Hunting." Knudsen felt, however, that anyone should be allowed to drive on that road if they're visiting friends.

West is currently being detained at the Flathead County Detention Center under an assault with a weapon charge. Detectives from the Flathead County Sheriff's Office continue to investigate the incident.