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Jan 3, 2014 3:57 PM by Q2 News

Lockwood homicide suspect identified; Sheriff asks for public's help

LOCKWOOD - The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office on Friday asked for the public's help in locating the suspect of an early morning homicide in Lockwood that left one man dead.

The suspect is identified as Martin Jon Pond, 27, who also goes by the name of Martin J. Bouwkamp Jr.

Pond is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

State prison records show he is currently on probation. Authorities said Pond received a suspended sentence on Dec. 30 for felony theft. Pond was charged for stealing a vehicle in May.

Sheriff Mike Linder said Pond may be driving a grey Honda Odyssey van with Montana license plate 316120B.

Linder also said Pond should be considered armed and dangerous and the public should not approach him.

Anyone with information should call the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office at 406-256-2929 or your local law enforcement agency.

The identity of the victim has not been released.

The investigation began Friday around 4:20 a.m. when someone in the area reported hearing four gunshots.

A second caller reported that a person had been shot.

When deputies arrived they found a man lying outside the residence.

Medical personnel arrived and attended to the victim, who died at the scene.

Sheriff's detectives obtained a search warrant for the property and were continuing their investigation Friday afternoon.

A local funeral home was at the scene just before 1 p.m. to transport the victim's body to the morgue.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Virginia Alderman of Billings is the owner of the mobile home where the shooting happened at 3407 Wasco Avenue.

Contacted by telephone Friday, Alderman said authorities have refused to release any information to her. She declined to comment on who lived in the home.

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