Rodeo Celebrations Turn To Nightmare For Beating Victims

Two men were taken to the hospital after an altercation in downtown Sheridan. Sheridan Police and ambulances responded to a fight near the intersection of East 3rd and North Gould Streets at 3:30 Saturday morning. Two men were found lying on the ground and the Sheridan Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division was called to find out what happened. 24-year-old Christopher Stotts and 24-year-old Neil Switzer were immediately taken to Sheridan Memorial Hospital.

Police learned that two other males had fled the scene prior to law enforcement's arrival. Those two men were located and arrested by the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office in Montana. 25-year-old Leo Pinnick and 18-year-old Walker Takes Horse will be charged with aggravated battery.

Allegedly words were exchanged between Pinnick and one of the victims. That same victim picked up a metal bar. Pinnick acquired the bar and gave it to Takes Horse, then it appears that Pinnick proceeded to beat one of the victims with a baseball bat while Takes Horse assaulted the other with the metal bar. At some point in the altercation Takes Horse is said to have shot at the victims with a small caliber handgun.

Stotts and Switzer both received head injuries and Stotts has been treated and released. Switzer was flown to Billings and his injuries were so severe he was transfered to a trauma center in Denver. There is no word on his condition.

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