Update on Assault Investigation

(Bozeman, Mont.) From Sheriff Brian Gootkin;

At 5:08 pm this evening our Deputies responded to Discovery Drive for a reported assault.  The text of the initial report to the 911 center follows:

-111.068258 +45.653654 21 CALLBK=PH 2 21 M
RP STATES HE WAS JUST ASSAULTED BY GREG GIANFORTE
STATES THAT GREG BODY SLAMMED HIM AND KNOCKED HIS ARM
Recommend Unit Command opened on event S1705240107
RP HAS A RECORDING OF THE INCIDENT ON HIS PHONE
STATES IT HAPPENED AT THE CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS BUT DOESNT KNOW THE ADDRESS
RP IS A REPORTER AND HE ASKED GREG ABOUT HIS HEALTHCARE PLAN AND HE “BODY SLAMMED HIM”
GREG IS STILL AT THE HEADQUARTERS
RP WOULD LIKE MEDICAL ATTENTION
RP IS SAFE NOW
ADDITIONAL AMR UNIT REQUESTED AT SCENE
ADDITIONAL AMR UNIT REQUESTED AT SCENE
Recommend Unit Command opened on event f201703380
** Case number R201700166 has been assigned for FIRE:HFD
** Case number A1705240007 has been assigned for EMS:AMR
** >>>> by: JAKE ALLMENDINGER on terminal: gc911eccop3v92
** >>>> by: JAKE ALLMENDINGER on terminal: gc911eccop3v92
C6-1 STAGED
QRU 6 & C6-2 STAGED
MEDICAL IS CLEAR
NWE ADV
Ending Transport Mileage: 3.4

Earlier this evening I conducted a press conference about an incident that occurred at Greg Gianforte’s campaign headquarters.  After the press conference it was brought to my attention that people were commenting on a contribution that I made to the Gianforte campaign.  I did contribute $250.00 on March 23, 2017.  This contribution has nothing to do with our investigation which is now complete.

Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation to Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault (MCA 45-5-201).  The nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault.  Greg Gianforte received a citation on Wednesday night and is scheduled to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court between now and June 7, 2017.

45-5-201. Assault. (1) A person commits the offense of assault if the person:

(a) purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to another;

(b) negligently causes bodily injury to another with a weapon;

(c) purposely or knowingly makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with any individual; or

(d) purposely or knowingly causes reasonable apprehension of bodily injury in another.

(2) A person convicted of assault shall be fined not to exceed $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail for any term not to exceed 6 months, or both. ######

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