Two Involved In Last Weeks’ Shooting Identified. And Why Did He Shoot Her?
New details today into the shooting last Friday on Great Falls westside. Found dead in her home was Joann Malone. She reportedly was shot at least four times. We have also learned the name of the man that allegedly shot Malone to death. He's been identified as Chae Buchholz. How are the two connected? Buchholz is the estranged husband of Malone.
Malone had a successful business in Great Falls called Seeking Recovery. The company mainly dealt with substance abuse recovery therapy.
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Malone was shot and killed inside her home in the West Hill neighborhood last Friday. The suspect, who we now know was Buchholz, fled the scene in his truck and was spotted around 7:30p that evening by a police officer in Conrad. When police tried to make contact with the suspect, he sped off and a chase began. At one point during the chase police say Buchholz fired at officers missing them. He was later cornered by police near the boat dock in Valier. That's where he stayed in his pickup during a three hour standoff with authorities from at least eight different agencies including Great Falls Police, the FBI, Conrad Police and Pondera County Sheriff's Deputies. Three hours later he killed himself inside his vehicle. We have learned that Buchholz may have shot Malone over a dispute about money.
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Malone's business, Seeking Recovery posted the below note on their website.
"It is with an extremely heavy heart that we have to announce the passing of our friend, CEO, and business owner Joann Malone. We ask for privacy in this time of mourning. Please rest assured that Joann's mission to help the community will continue. Seeking Recovery will continue in her honor."
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