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Bemidji man gets jail time for aiming rifle at deputy

BEMIDJI - A Bemidji man will serve less than two months in jail for aiming a rifle at a Beltrami County sheriff’s deputy in October.

Daniel Patrick Scamp, 43, was sentenced to 56 days in the Beltrami County Jail for felony second-degree assault and felony terroristic threats. He has been placed on five years of supervised probation.

Scamp was originally arrested on two counts of felony use of deadly force against a peace officer. Beltrami District Judge John G. Melbye handed down the sentence Feb. 24; it was filed with the court Tuesday.

Law enforcement responded to a possible suicide attempt in Bemidji around midnight Oct. 25, and Scamp emerged from his residence brandishing a rifle.

Deputy accounts in an incident report say officers retreated to regroup after Scamp told them they weren’t welcome on his property. Scamp exited and entered the residence a few times, rifle in hand, before walking about 20 yards from the building.

Scamp was ordered to drop his weapon and lie on the ground. Before complying, he pointed his rifle at a deputy who had shone the light on his M-4 weapon at him. It was later determined Scamp’s rifle had no bullets in the chamber.

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