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Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office seeking information on homicide suspect

Posted at 3:07 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 23:17:31-04

HELENA – The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a two-door SUV connected to a recent homicide investigation.

The public is asked to be on the lookout for a black 1990’s Chevy S-10 blazer with larger tires and custom black rims.

Sheriff Leo Dutton says there is a good chance the SUV is no longer in the area and asks the public to share the picture with people across the state.

Another vehicle related to the case–a red 1975 Ford truck– was located Tuesday evening thanks to the public calling in after seeing the truck on the news.

If anyone has information about the SUV or the homicide investigation they are asked to contact Detective James Ward at 406-457-8866.

People can also leave tips anonymously by calling Crimestopers at 406-443-2000.

Do not attempt to make contact with any occupants of the vehicle if located.

“We appreciate the information that you have,” said Dutton. “If you think you saw something or if you think you know something that happened on Beck Street on Sunday give us a call.”

Thomas Ralph Bristow has been arrested on the charge of deliberate homicide for the alleged incident at a property on Beck Street east of Helena.

According to court documents, Bristow is accused of shooting a person after an altercation connected to a drug deal.

His bond was set at $200,000.

HELENA- Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton told MTN that a man was arrested on suspicion of deliberate homicide on Monday night.

Thomas Ralph Bristow made his first appearance in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court on Tuesday. His bond was set at $200,000, and his arraignment was set for July 17.

According to the sheriff’s office, a witness contacted deputies to report a possible homicide east of Helena. Bristow was arrested around 7:20 p.m. on Monday.

Court documents say witnesses had reported Bristow shot a victim at a property on Beck Street, after an altercation connected to a drug deal. According to the affidavit of probable cause, detectives found evidence of a shooting at the property.

Dutton said this is still an active investigation, but he does not believe there is any active threat to the public. If anyone recognizes Bristow and has information they would like to share with law enforcement, Dutton encouraged them to call Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office at (406) 447-8204.

Bristow has been charged with deliberate homicide, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.