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Hamilton man charged in alleged mass shooting threat
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Hamilton man charged in alleged mass shooting threat

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A Hamilton man was charged Tuesday with two felony counts in connection with an alleged threat to commit a mass shooting.

Wesley Dee Martin, 59, appeared before Ravalli County Justice Jennifer Ray on felony counts of intimidation and criminal endangerment.

A charging affidavit said Martin’s sister reported that her brother had called on May 23rd at about 4:30 p.m. to say he planned to go to a crowded market where he could shoot someone.

Martin’s sister said her brother then hung up and couldn’t be contacted.

Five city, county and state law enforcement officers responded to Martin’s address. The affidavit said an officer was successful in reaching Martin by phone, but the man refused to exit his home.

Another officer watching the back of the house saw Martin go onto his back porch while brandishing a handgun. The affidavit said Martin refused to put the handgun down despite the officer’s order to do so.

After Martin went back into the house, two officers reportedly heard the sound of gunshots that apparently came from inside the home.

Martin then reemerged onto his back porch where he was taken into custody with the assistance of a Taser by two officers.

While in custody, the affidavit said Martin repeatedly requested to be allowed to sit on a sleeping bag located on the back porch. When an officer checked the sleeping bag, he discovered a rifle hidden there.

After obtaining a search warrant, an officer secured the firearms in Martin’s home. The search did not find any expended ammunition, gunshot damage or weapons that had recently been fired.

Ray set bail at $200,000.

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