Hungry Horse Man Arrested After Firing Gun at Dam Town Tavern

Daniel Christopher Walker is charged with criminal endangerment, a felony

By Maggie Dresser
A Flathead County Sheriff's Office vehicle. Beacon file photo

A Hungry Horse man was arrested and booked into the Flathead County Detention Center with a felony charge of criminal endangerment on Saturday, Aug. 21 after he allegedly threatened two people with a gun at the Dam Town Tavern.

Flathead County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on scene and found Daniel Christopher Walker, 33, leaning against a truck and holding a gun near his chest, with a spent shell casing on the ground near a picnic table outside the front door of the Hungry Horse bar, according to charging documents.

The deputy placed Walker inside the patrol vehicle where he said his brother called him because two other males were threatening him. When he arrived, Walker said a male began threatening him, prompting him to grab his gun from inside his truck and fire a round into the air. He admitted he had been drinking and acknowledged there were residences in the direction where he shot, according to court documents.

But according to the bartender who spoke to another deputy, Walker arrived at the bar, produced a handgun and pointed it at two men. He then waved the gun and pointed it toward the bartender.

The man who confronted Walker told deputies he wanted to “box,” but Walker pulled out a gun and fired a round into the air.

Walker faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $50,000.