Wilson resident Brendan Kiggen is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after sheriff’s deputies said he refused to pay a taxi fare and fired a gun when the cab driver tried to get the money owed to him.

Kiggen appeared in Teton County Circuit Court last week after surrendering himself to Teton County Jail.

Prosecutors say he was on probation for a previous DUI when the taxi incident occurred, so they’re arguing to have his probation revoked.

According to court documents, Kiggen took a cab ride home just after 11 p.m. March 13.

A driver with Rocky Mountain Car Service picked Kiggen up from the Continuum Hotel and Bar in Teton Village for a ride to his house on Moose-Wilson Road.

The driver later told deputies Kiggen was drunk and angry, and when he delivered Kiggen to his house the man refused to pay the $30 fare, “as he did not have any money.”

The driver said Kiggen got out and went inside, leaving his back passenger door open. The driver said he got out to close his car door and heard “what he recognized to be the cycling of a handgun slide.”

The driver then heard a gunshot, according to court documents.

The cab driver said “he was scared and hurried to get back into the vehicle.”

Investigators aren’t sure what direction Kiggen fired the gun, but they are sure that the driver and car weren’t hit. When detectives went to interview Kiggen they found a spent 10-millimeter bullet casing on top of the snow, records state.

Detectives returned March 16 to serve a search warrant at Kiggen’s house and located a handgun and 10-mm ammunition.

Kiggen’s attorney, Chris Leigh, said in court last week that his client is a longtime resident of the area and will comply with the terms of the court.

He was released on a signature bond with a preliminary hearing set for late April.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and emergency news. She also leads the News&Guide’s investigative efforts. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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