Joseph Timothy Kinsey faces a felony charge after prosecutors say he pointed a handgun at another man and threatened to kill him.
Kinsey, 36, was arrested Sunday on a count of assault with a weapon.
According to a court affidavit, a sheriff’s deputy responded to a home north of Florence shortly before 3 a.m. on July 10. The homeowner said he and his friends, including Kinsey’s partner, had been in the yard having drinks around a fire. He said Kinsey drove up to the house, got out of his truck and began to yell, “Who is Gavin?”
One of the men by the fire eventually said he was Gavin. Kinsey allegedly reached down near his leg and when he raised his hand, he was holding a gun, the home owner said.
Kinsey allegedly chambered a round in the weapon, then told Gavin he was going to kill him. The home owner said he was able to grab the gun and force it down. Kinsey then got back into his vehicle and left.
Kinsey’s partner told law enforcement that the two are in the process of separating. While she said she did not see the interaction with the gun, she said she was concerned for her safety based on his behavior.
A Montana Highway Patrol trooper found Kinsey near Lolo. He said he didn’t want to talk about what had happened. The handgun was found in his truck, and he was arrested. He was released around 9 a.m. Sunday morning after posting his $50,000 bond.
During his initial court appearance on Monday, Justice of the Peace Marie Andersen allowed Kinsey to continue to be released on the bond, but ordered that he stay in Montana, surrender any weapons to law enforcement and have no contact with his alleged victim.