MILES CITY -- The man accused of killing a woman last week at a home they shared in Custer County told officers that he shot the victim 18 times after he said she fired first.
Travis Doss, 21, is charged in Custer County District Court with one count of deliberate homicide for the murder of Shania Lynn Raymond, 21.
Custer County Attorney Wyatt Glade said he believes Doss made his initial court appearance Monday. He declined to discuss the case in detail, referring questions to court documents.
Doss was arrested Thursday after he called 911 and reported that he’d shot Raymond and believed she was dead, according to court documents filed Friday.
Doss and Raymond were in a romantic relationship and Custer County Sheriff Tony Harbaugh said they had been living together at the home on the 3600 block of Moon Creek Road, southwest of Miles City, when the shooting took place.
On the 911 call that Doss made before noon Thursday, he told the dispatcher that he and Raymond had been arguing before he went outside to urinate.
Doss told authorities he took a 9 mm handgun with him out of concern for coyotes, according to court documents.
Doss said he then heard three gunshots and felt something hit him in the back of the head.
Doss said he believed Raymond shot him so he fired 18 rounds into the victim until she was dead.
The documents do not state what make of handgun was used or how many rounds it holds.
When law enforcement arrived at the home, they found Raymond dead and Doss with an injury to his head.
Doss was treated at the hospital and released a short time later.
The deputy noted in his report that Doss and Raymond had been arguing about her apparently cheating on him, according to court documents.
Both Sheriff Harbaugh and Glade said the investigation is not complete and Harbaugh said the nature of Doss’ head wound remains under investigation.
Doss is being held on a $500,000 bond.
Glade declined to offer further comment on the case.