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Man sentenced for aiming gun at deputy

BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man has been sentenced to less than two months in jail for aiming a rifle at a Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputy in October.

Daniel Patrick Scamp, 43, was sentenced for felony second-degree assault and felony terroristic threats to 56 days in the Beltrami County Jail. He has been placed on five years supervised probation.

Scamp was originally arrested for two counts of felony use of deadly force against a peace officer. Beltrami District Judge John G. Melbye handed down Scamp’s sentence Feb. 24; it was filed with the court on Tuesday.

Scamp must pay a $1,000 fine for the assault charge, which may be done by community service; $100 of the fine will be stayed each year of probation if there are no violations within that year. A $1,000 fine has been stayed for the terroristic threats offense.

Law enforcement was responding to a report of a possible suicide attempt on Gem Lane Northeast in Bemidji around midnight on Oct. 25 when Scamp emerged from his residence brandishing a rifle.

Deputy accounts in a sheriff’s office incident report of that night state that law enforcement retreated from the residence to regroup after Scamp informed them they were not welcome on his property. Scamp exited and entered back into the residence a few times, rifle in hand, before exiting and walking approximately 20 yards away from the building.

Scamp was ordered to drop his weapon and lay down on the ground. Before complying, Scamp turned and pointed his rifle at a deputy who had shone the light on his M-4 weapon at him. It was later determined Scamp’s rifle did not have any bullets in the chamber.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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