An East Missoula man who allegedly got so mad at his sister that he threatened to shoot her – then went and got a rifle, loaded it, and pointed it at her head – was ordered held in the Missoula County jail on a suggested $50,000 bail Thursday.
Randy Dean Brooks, 28, faces a single charge of assault with a weapon.
Missoula County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Highway 10 East on Wednesday after a report that a man pointed a rifle at someone and threatened to shoot everyone in the home, according to charging documents filed by Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks. Three adults and a 4-year-old were present, Marks’ affidavit said.
All agreed that in the midst of an argument, Brooks told his sister he was going to shoot her, loaded a .308 rifle and pointed it at her head, the affidavit said.
Brooks’ sister took the rifle from him, it said.
Brooks left on a bicycle, saying that “he would come back and shoot everyone,” the affidavit said. His father gave deputies the gun, and a live round that he said had been in it, the affidavit said.
The documents described Brooks as “highly intoxicated,” and said he claimed to have been the victim of an assault by his sister.
At Brooks’ initial court appearance Thursday, Justice of the Peace John Odlin specifically cited the alleged presence of a child as a factor in the high bail. “That changes the complexity of the thing,” he said. Brooks, who appeared in court via the standard closed-circuit television feed, had a black eye Thursday.
Assault with a weapon is a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.
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