Investigators said a 42-year-old Alexander man who was shot by McKenzie County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday pointed a gun at officers and said he intended to shoot them.

Lonny Thomas Campbell was charged Friday with terrorizing, a class C felony, and simple assault-domestic violence, a class B misdemeanor. He was ordered held on $150,000 bond.

A woman called the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday and said Campbell had assaulted her, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Northwest District Court. When deputies arrived, Campbell told them to come inside so he count shoot them.

Campbell had a gun and pointed it at deputies at least two times, investigators from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation wrote in charging documents.

“Campbell refused to comply with lawful commands to exit the residence with (his) hands empty, and in return would yell back at law enforcement officers that Campbell’s intention was to shoot the law enforcement officers,” Special Agent Robert Cummings with BCI wrote.

Campbell is also accused of punching a woman in the mouth and grabbing her by the neck. The woman, who invoked her rights under Marsy’s Law, was not named in court records.

A new release from the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a call about a domestic disturbance Wednesday in Alexander and encountered an armed 42-year-old man. Deputies shot the man, who was not named in the news release, who was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition as of Thursday morning.

No deputies were injured during the incident, and BCI was called to investigate the shooting. Neither the initial news release nor charging documents list how many times Campbell was shot, nor how many deputies were involved in the incident.

On Monday, McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger said his office had not received a report from BCI, but that the sheriff’s office would make an announcement once that report was finalized.

Campbell is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on the charges on Dec. 20.


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