1 man dies in Saturday homicide

Suspect dead after shootout in Dillon Sunday
By 
Charlie Denison
Senior Reporter
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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Doug Foster’s 1995 Toyota Tacoma is seen after a shootout with Beaverhead County law enforcement Sunday night in Dillon.
Photo courtesy of JP Plutt, Yellowstone Newspapers

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David Sessions

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Doug Foster

On Saturday, March 14, at 5:35 a.m., a 911 call came in to Central Montana Dispatch requesting medical assistance for a gunshot wound at 108 Crystal Drive.
When Lewistown Police Officers arrived at the scene, they found the body of 52-year-old David Byron Sessions.
According to a news release from the LPD, foul play was suspected.
The home belonged to Douglas John Foster, 47, a longtime Lewistown resident who was known to many as an outdoorsman who spent much of his time in the Missouri Breaks. Foster was nowhere to be found, nor was his 1995 green Toyota Tacoma, but a witness saw him leaving the area around the time they called in the gunshots.
LPD secured the scene at 7:03 a.m. and issued a statement considering Foster a “person of interest.” A warrant for deliberate homicide was issued. LPD then contacted CMR, FWP and Petroleum County law enforcement to search the Missouri Breaks region. U.S. Marshals in Great Falls were contacted.
It turned out Foster didn’t head to the Breaks; he headed southwest.
“It was believed he used a gas station employee’s phone in Burley, Idaho,” Lewistown Police Chief Justin Jenness said during a press conference Monday afternoon.

“We were tipped off with this information and were able to attain a video from the gas station that identified Foster and his vehicle.”
For reasons unbeknownst to Jenness, Foster headed back to Montana, where Beaverhead County law enforcement officers discovered him in Dillon. An officer-involved shooting ensued just off Southside Boulevard, next to the Dairy Queen.
Foster was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dillon Police Chief Don Guiberson told Yellowstone Newspapers “gun shots were reported coming from the suspect vehicle and officers responded with lethal force.”
According to Guiberson, officers were not physically injured.
As of press time it was unclear what escalated the shootout or whether Foster took his own life.
“[Foster] will be taken to Missoula for autopsy and the medical examiner will make the determination as to cause of death,” said Beaverhead County Sheriff Paul Craft.
Although Foster is deceased, the LPD, the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations and other entities will continue the investigation. There is currently no motive as to why Foster would want to kill Sessions.
 According to Jenness, this is the first homicide inside the Lewistown city limits since Gisela Morris on Dec. 16, 2002.

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