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Published November 15, 2013, 08:49 AM

Utah man charged for gun discharge at Bismarck airport

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Utah man faces a misdemeanor charge related to his shotgun going off at Bismarck's airport.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Utah man faces a misdemeanor charge related to his shotgun going off at Bismarck's airport.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that 65-year-old Kent McKell of Ferron, Utah is charged with discharging a firearm in city limits.

Police say McKell was trying to disarm the gun on Oct. 31 in order to check it when it went off, hitting the lower corner of the wall. The incident caused more than $1,000 in damage.

Bismarck police said at the time of the incident that the airport did not want McKell to be charged because the incident was an accident and because he agreed to pay for the damage.

But Assistant City Attorney Paul Fraase says charging decisions are not up to victims or police at the scene.

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