A Hoback man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and child endangerment after police said he pointed a gun at someone earlier this week and fired a shot.
The bullet didn’t hit anyone, Teton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Platt said, but someone could have been seriously hurt or killed in the incident. The suspect’s 3-year-old child was nearby but was not injured, deputies said.
Michael Miller, 29, was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office.
“There is a dispute as to how the round went off, but a shot was fired that went into the floor and a cabinet,” Platt said.
Miller and the victim, said to be a longtime friend of his, allegedly got into an argument Tuesday night.
“Several witnesses said it went from being verbal to Miller then going to get a gun and pointing it at the victim,” Platt said.
That’s when the victim, a 33-year-old man, and another man left Miller’s Hoback residence. In an interesting twist, Miller then called 911 and reported to dispatchers that a man was trying to break into his home and that he had fired a shot at the suspect but missed.
Deputies went looking for the man based on Miller’s description of his truck.
Platt said what Miller reported Tuesday night and what actually happened were very different.
“The original story of someone breaking into his house was a lie,” Platt said.
Miller is charged with aggravated assault for the act of pointing a .38 special revolver at another person.
“Fortunately the shot didn’t hit anyone,” Platt said.
Three other people, not including Miller or the child, witnessed the incident and were interviewed by deputies.
No one was injured, Platt said.
The child is with her mother, who was in the room when the shot was fired.
Miller is out of jail on bond.