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Man Accused of Pointing Gun at 3 Men and Officer Pleas Not Guilty

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A Texas man accused of pointing a gun at 3 people and a Bismarck police officer pleads Not Guilty.

Macy Egeland was at his preliminary hearing this morning and has the story.

Colton Wooten is charged with 4 counts of terrorizing, 2 counts of reckless endangerment and 2 firearm charges and pleaded "Not Guilty" this morning.

Bismarck Police Detective Matthew Fullerton testified in court today, saying on May 10th around 1:00a.m., Wooten met four men at a bar and offered to give them a ride to their motel.

He says once they got there, one of the four men saw Wooten grab a gun from his car and put it in his pants.

"Upon speaking with all 4 of the subjects that were in the room they all indicated that Mr. Wooten was acting strange, very oddly. His behavior was erratic and it made them all very nervous especially knowing that he did have a firearm on his person," Detective Fullerton said.

Police say the men got into an argument and Wooten allegedly pointed his gun at 3 of them.

He ran off when the cops arrived and they tracked him down.

Police say when they made contact with him, he pointed his gun at Lt. Nolan Canright.

"He described the person as being in what could be described as a combat stance with a firearm pointed directly at Lt. Canright. Lt. Canright did give the subject verbal commands to drop the weapon. The subject did not respond to those commands and Lt. Canright subsequently shot towards that subject approximately 4 times," Detective Fullerton said.

Wooten ran off once again and was later found hiding underneath a car and was arrested.

Police say they found his gun on the street fully loaded and with a round in the chamber.

The maximum sentence Wooten faces is 32 years and a $66,000 fine.

Reporting in Bismarck, I'm Macy Egeland.

Last month, Judge Cynthia Feland set Wooten's bond at $25,000.. nearly double what the state recommended he be held on.

Six of Wooten's eight charges are Class C felonies.

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