A man accused of firing a shot at a couple on Blue Mountain after they’d allegedly complained about loud music faces a felony assault charge.
Cameron Richard Deniger, 31, was arrested early Tuesday morning after the couple called 9-1-1 to report that a man had pointed a gun at them and threatened them while they were parked at Blue Mountain, according to charging documents filed by Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jason Marks.
“They indicated a shot was fired as they were leaving,” according to Marks’ affidavit.
Although Public Defender Russell LaFontaine asked Tuesday that Deniger be released on his own recognizance, Justice of the Peace John Odlin refused.
“This could have escalated real bad, real fast,” Odlin said, in setting bail at $10,000.
Odlin also ordered Deniger to stay away from the couple who made the accusation, and not to have any weapons.
The couple told authorities that the man with the gun was one of two men in a pickup truck, Marks’ affidavit said.
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Deputies located the pickup, and the men told them about a .357 revolver under the front seat, according to the affidavit.
While Deniger refused to talk without an attorney present, the driver “admitted that Deniger had pointed the revolver at two people in a Jeep and fired a warning shot, but said that it was in response to the occupants of the Jeep pulling a gun on them,” it said.
The couple denied having a gun, and none was found, the affidavit said.
“Both indicated that the confrontation had started when Deniger and (the driver) were confronted about loud music,” it said.
Deniger was booked into the Missoula County jail at about 4:20 a.m. Tuesday.
The charge against him, assault with a weapon, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.