James Garrison

James Garrison of Hamilton is facing three felony charges after he allegedly shot off a gun as part of a drunken fight with a friend.

Officers were called to a Hamilton area home about 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, after receiving reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, Deputy Matt Reynolds reported that he observed Garrison, 38, with a .22-caliber AK-47 in the home and later found a revolver in Garrison’s pocket with six spent rounds in it.

A witness said she was in the house with Garrison and another man, and the two men started arguing.

“She reported they all had been drinking, but both of them were drunk,” Deputy County Attorney Angela Wetzsteon wrote in court documents. “At some point during the argument, there was a scuffle and defendant appeared with a handgun.”

The woman said she didn’t like guns, so she went outside a sat in a vehicle, where she allegedly watched Garrison walk outside and discharge two rounds from the rifle into the ground. He went back in the house and the woman said she heard more shots.

Meanwhile, the other man also ran out of the house and off an embankment, falling into Skalkaho Creek and breaking both of his wrists.

The felonies Garrison is charged with include two counts of assault with a weapon and one count of criminal endangerment. It turns out the AK-47 was reported stolen out of Albany, New York, so he also was charged with misdemeanor theft.

Garrison was booked into the Ravalli County Detention Center, and released Wednesday after posting a $25,000 bond.

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