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Investigation into fatal Kalispell shooting continues

Police said they do not believe there is a risk to the public at this point
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Posted at 11:30 AM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 13:30:55-04

KALISPELL — More information is surfacing about an on going Kalispell homicide investigation.

Kalispell Police Chief Doug Overman said officers responded to a welfare check on Saturday which quickly turned into a homicide investigation.

From there, Chief Overman said crime scene teams were brought in to preserve the home located on the 500 block on Eighth Avenue West.

The victim, identified as John Araujo, died from a gunshot wound.

Initially, two people were questioned, but have since been released.

According to Chief Overman authorities are aware of the identity of the shooter, but have not released that name to the public.

Police said they do not believe there is a risk to the public at this point.

Chief Overman said that the victim was arrested last month on federal methamphetamine charges.

According to court documents, Araujo was moving methamphetamine from California to Montana for wide distribution in Flathead and Lake counties.