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Northern Idaho man pleads not guilty to firing gun at people

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports 75-year-old William J. Juettner was charged with a misdemeanor discharging a firearm at a person without causing harm following an incident in rural northern Idaho on Thanksgiving Day. (File Photo)

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho man has pleaded not guilty after he was charged with firing a gun at people who were walking along a road.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports 75-year-old William J. Juettner was charged with a misdemeanor discharging a firearm at a person without causing harm following an incident in rural northern Idaho on Thanksgiving.

Court documents say Juettner opened fire on a man while he and his family were walking on a public easement road outside of Samuels. Another man told authorities that he saw Juettner enter his house and return with a revolver.

The documents say two gunshots were fired as the group left the area.

Juettner told authorities that a trespasser confronted him, and he fired a .38-caliber pistol into the darkness.

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