Laurel shooting suspect charged

Lancaster faces attempted deliberate homicide charges
By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Lindy Dawn Lancaster

Lindy Dawn Lancaster

On Dec. 2 at 2:40 p.m., the Laurel Police Department arrested Lindy Dawn Lancaster, 45, of Laurel at her place of work for her role in an Oct. 16 shooting that sent an 18–year–old male to the hospital with four gunshot wounds from a .40–caliber handgun.

On Oct. 16 Laurel officers and Yellowstone County deputies responded to the 1000 block of 6th Ave. after Lancaster called dispatch to report she had shot a man and stated he was probably deceased.

After the victim was rushed to the hospital, law enforcement interviewed Lancaster who stated she met the male in a group chat and brought him to her house to clean. Lancaster stated he administered LSD to her then he started an altercation. She said she left to get the handgun and when she returned she claimed she caught him stealing pills and marijuana from her bathroom and the fight escalated. As the scuffle continued towards the front door Lancaster said she shot him in self defense.

The male, who survived the shooting, told investigators a different story at the hospital. He said he met Lancaster online and came from Billings to trade LSD for pills and marijuana. He said the suspect took the hallucinogen then apparently became paranoid and disoriented because she asked him who’s marijuana he was smoking, then told him to leave. While he was trying to leave he said Lancaster started hitting him then locked the door. She left the room to retrieve the pistol then returned and shot the victim multiple times while he was trying to unlock the front door.

When investigators searched the house later that evening they found six spent .40–caliber casings but no signs of the altercation Lancaster described.

At her arraignment on Dec. 4, Lancaster pleaded not guilty and remains incarcerated at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on $250,000 bond for felony attempted deliberate homicide.

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