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Butte man shot by police charged with pointing rifle at officers

BUTTE – The man shot and wounded by Butte police early Monday morning after police claim he pointed a rifle at them was charged Thursday.

Charles Andrew May appeared in Butte Justice Court where he was charged with two felony counts of assault on a peace officer.

The 38-year-old is accused of pointing a .22 caliber rifle at officers Bryan Ellingson and Tyler Costello early Monday morning when they went to his home on Maryland Avenue on a report of a suicidal man who was trying to overdose of prescription drugs.

Police say May came to the door with a gun and ignored the officers’ orders to drop the rifle.

The two officers fired several shots and struck May once in the forearm before taking him into custody.

John Emeigh

John Emeigh

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