A Whitefish man pleaded not guilty to charges of felony criminal endangerment and misdemeanor partner assault, a month after allegedly getting into a heated altercation with his girlfriend.
Boris Meier appeared before Judge David M. Ortley in Flathead County District Court on Oct. 22.
According to court documents, Meier and his girlfriend had gotten into a verbal altercation at their apartment in Whitefish. During the fight, Meier grabbed a revolver, put one cartridge in the cylinder and spun it. Meier then held the woman down while pointing the gun at his own head.
The woman was able to escape Meier’s grip and the residence, at which point she heard a single gunshot from inside the apartment. The woman returned and found he had shot the ceiling of their bedroom. Meier then approached the woman and she turned and ran down the road, according to court records. A passerby picked her up and took her to the police department.
Whitefish Police Department officers responded to the apartment and made contact with Meier. While in the residence they observed a single bullet hole in the ceiling. Officers talked to the upstairs neighbors who said they had heard Meier and his girlfriend arguing earlier during the day and then heard the gunshot. Neither neighbor was injured by the gunshot.
If convicted of criminal endangerment, Meier could face up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Meier is expected to go to trial next spring.
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