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1110 Hannaford crime scene

A police officer partitions the area surrounding the area where two bodies were found in a home Monday morning.

Court records show the man suspected of fatally shooting a woman and himself in a Helena home this week has a history of violence. 

Authorities suspect 26-year-old Richard Ferris shot and killed 21-year-old Olivia Serrano before turning the gun on himself. Their bodies were discovered Monday morning at a home in the 1100 block of Hannaford Street. 

Ferris was charged 14 times between 2008 and 2018 in Helena municipal court and Lewis and Clark County Justice Court. While most of the charges were for driving offenses, two of them were for partner or family member assault. 

In one case, Ferris was accused of slapping his partner, causing her nose to bleed. When confronted by police, he allegedly "refused to obey lawful commands to stop by a police officer," caused "reasonable apprehension of bodily injury by attempting to punch an officer" and "created a hazardous condition for police officers during arrest by wrestling with police officers on ice."

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That case was dropped after the victim refused to testify against him. 

Another charge of partner or family member assault was deferred after Ferris completed 20 hours of anger management classes.

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Crime and Health Reporter

Crime and health reporter for the Helena Independent Record.

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