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An Ennis man is accused of shooting and killing a woman in front of his home over the weekend, according to court documents.

Rick Park, 53, is charged with deliberate homicide and assault with a weapon, both felonies, in connection to the death of 36-year-old Nicole Watson, of Helena, according to a Madison County law enforcement news release.

Park is being held at the Gallatin County jail, according to the jail’s inmate roster. The shooting remains under investigation.

On Friday around 2 p.m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a gunshot in Ennis, according to the news release. The shooting happened on West Hugel Street.

Watson was taken to the Madison Valley Medical Center, where she later died from a gunshot wound to the head, court documents say.

Ennis Police Chief John Moore said in court documents that Watson was found unconscious in a pool of blood in front of Park’s home. Moore said that Park was standing next to her body.

Police said in charging documents that two spent cartridges were found near where the incident happened.

Park subsequently told Moore that he shot Watson, court documents say. Park led Moore inside his house to retrieve the gun used to kill Watson, which was in a shoe box.

Watson’s husband told police that he and Watson went to Park’s house as part of a child custody exchange. They walked up to Park’s house and knocked on his door. Park opened the door with a gun in his hand. Watson’s husband told police that Park then pointed the gun at Watson and fired one shot at her.

Watson fell and tried getting back up.

Watson’s husband told police that Park then walked over to Watson and fired another shot at her head, court documents say. Before going back inside his house, Park turned the gun on the man and told him he better call 911.

The man then ran to an off-duty deputy’s house and called 911 to report the incident. Police arrested Park.

Moore told the Chronicle on Monday that Park would likely have an initial appearance to set his bail sometime this week. If convicted, Park could face up to life in prison.

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