BOZEMAN, Montana — A Bozeman man faces a negligent endangerment charge after apparently firing a shot through the ceiling of his apartment, injuring his upstairs neighbor.
Benjamin Johnson, 22, told police he awakened early Saturday to a loud noise and smoke alarms going off in his apartment. He saw a hole in his ceiling and ran upstairs where he found a 25-year-old man had been shot in the leg, Deputy Police Chief Rich McLane said.
Johnson stayed with the victim until officers and medics arrived.
Johnson told police he had no recollection of handling the .44 Magnum handgun, which he said he keeps on the headboard of his bed. Johnson had not been drinking, McLane said.
The victim was taken to a Bozeman hospital with critical injuries and was listed in fair condition in a Billings hospital on Monday, McLane said. Officials have not released the victim's name.
Johnson was scheduled to appear in Bozeman Municipal Court on Dec. 4.