Two dead in shooting in Three Forks, Sheriff: "Persons involved identified."

The large police presence seen in the area of Ash Street and 6th Avenue in Three Forks.


Bail was set at $1 million for a 24-year-old Three Forks man charged with killing two brothers during a weekend fight.

Zachary Eugene Norman made an initial appearance in Gallatin County Justice Court Tuesday on two counts of deliberate homicide.

He is charged with shooting Chase and Brendan Estabrook early Saturday in Three Forks and did not enter a plea.

Court records say Norman and other people left a bar when it closed and went to a residence in Three Forks where he got into a fight with the Estabrook brothers.

The fight spilled out into the street where the brothers were shot.

UPDATE: JAN. 18 AT 12:28 P.M.

Gallatin County has released the details of last weekend's shooting in Three Forks.

According to charging documents, law enforcement interviewed three witnesses of the shooting who remained at the crime scene after deputies arrived.

All three witnesses reportedly told detectives they, the suspect, identified as Zachary "Zac" Norman, and the two victims were at a bar. They all agreed to go to one of the witness' homes after the bar closed, according to charging documents.

After everyone arrived to the home at about 3 a.m., the witnesses said they saw Norman getting into a physical altercation with the victims in the driveway, according to court documents.

One of the witnesses allegedly told detectives he thought the altercation was over after he saw Norman walking away from the home followed by the victims.

Charging documents alleged the witnesses heard several gunshots and a few more gunshots after a short pause. 

One of the victims said he saw Norman leaving the crime scene while the victims were lying on the ground with gunshot wounds near the intersection of Sixth Avenue East and East Ash Street, according to charging documents.

All three witnesses said they went up to the victims, saw they had gunshot wounds and called 9-1-1.

Charging documents said a car with the license plate registered in Norman's father's name was parked at the witness' home. Additionally, records indicated Norman was affiliated with his father's address.

Charging documents said Norman gave numerous inconsistent statements, was giving "evasive", and kept saying he could not remember any of the events of the night before thought his interview with law enforcement.

However, he eventually stated he remembered carrying his concealed handgun when he went to the bar. Norman said he went to the same bar the victims and witnesses were at, went to Teaser's Gentlemen's Club and then went back to the bar.

He allegedly told detectives he remembers being in the witness' garage at some point that night and told detectives his clothing description, which matched the description the witness' gave to investigators.

Norman's father told detectives he woke up and found Norman in his father's bedroom the morning after the incident and was saying incomprehensible things.

Law enforcement contacted and detained Norman at his home and then they brought him to the Gallatin County Detention Center. Law enforcement got a search warrant for his home and allegedly found a handgun.

Charging documents alleged the ammunition in the gun's magazine appeared to be exactly the same as the casings found at the crime scene. 

Law enforcement also found a wet sweater in a bathtub that appeared to have been cleaned, also a pair of jeans, boots and bleach near Norman's room.

Norman was arrested under suspicion of two counts of deliberate homicide and is being jailed at the Gallatin County Detention Center on no bond.

UPDATE, JAN. 16 AT 2:56 PM:

Gallatin County Sheriff Dan Springer shared more information on a shooting in Three Forks, including the identity of the suspect and victims involved.

The victims have been identified as brothers, Brendan Estabrook, 32 of Three Forks, and Chase Estabrook, 31 of Butte.

Zachary Eugene Norman, 24 of Three Forks, was arrested on two counts of felony deliberate homicide in connection with the shooting.

At this time, Norman is being held in the Gallatin County Detention Center on two counts of deliberate homicide.

According to Sheriff Springer, they believe they have located the weapon they believed was used in the shooting.

The victims will be taken to Missoula for an autopsy before they are released to the care of the funeral home.

An investigation into this incident is still ongoing.

UPDATE, JAN. 15 AT 9:15 AM:

County officials said two people in Three Forks are dead and that this was not a random incident.

Calls came in and law enforcement was dispatched around 3:30 a.m. Saturday for shots fired in the area of 6th Ave. East & Ash St.

Deputies and responding officers on the scene found two deceased men, and law enforcement learned that one person had fled on foot.

Sheriff Springer said the involved individuals had a prior altercation and that this was not a random act of violence.

A public notice was put out around 6:45 a.m. to alert residents to an increase in law enforcement presence in Three Forks.

At this time all individuals involved, that officials are aware of, have been identified.

Interviews are also being conducted with witnesses and other people of interest.

Identities are not yet being released.

UPDATE, JAN. 15 AT 8:16 AM:

Gallatin County officials are saying all identified involved persons have been located by law enforcement.

There are no current threats to the community related to this incident.

This is an ongoing investigation and there will continue to be a large law enforcement presence in the area for a while.


THREE FORKS, Mont.- Gallatin County is notifying residents of Three Forks right now that there was a report of shots fired near the intersection of 6th Ave. East & Ash St.

Two people have died and the suspect is currently at-large.

Residents are encouraged to stay in their homes with their doors locked and report any suspicious activity immediately to 911.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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