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Charges: Man awaiting virus test results shoots at group

Charges: Man awaiting virus test results shoots at group


COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho. — A Montana man awaiting COVID-19 test results fired at a group of people, hurting 2, after he was tossed from a bar in Coeur d'Alene Saturday, according to court records.

Austin Sherper, 24, of Whitefish, was arrested Sunday following a standoff with a SWAT unit, court documents said. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, The Spokesman-Review reported.

Police responded to the alley behind a bar around 9 p.m. Saturday and found Zachary Lyons with gunshot wounds. Lyons and his wife, Kayla, who was hit in the face with shrapnel, were taken to a hospital, court documents said. Both have since been released.

Sherper had been kicked out of a bar and then left the area, threatening a group on his way out, court records said. A witness said Sherper returned, drove his truck into the alley and fired at several people who tried to hide, according to court records.

A friend told officers where Sherper was staying, documents said. Arriving police say they saw a man matching Sherper's description run into the house.

A standoff that lasted several hours ended in his arrest without incident, records said.

Sherper also told police he had been tested for the coronavirus two days before but didn't have his results back yet, according to court documents.

He is being held on $250,000 bond. It wasn't immediately known if he has a lawyer to comment on the case.

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