A Rigby man was arrested late Monday after he threatened to shoot a friend over cigarettes.
Clyde Burnside, 71, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon enhancement, punishable with up to 20 years in prison.
Darin Cazier called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to report that Burnside had attacked him and was bleeding heavily after the two had struggled over the rifle. Burnside, who was found lying on the floor in the kitchen of his home, first told the deputy he had fallen and cut his head, but then said he and Cazier had argued over Cazier smoking in the sun room, instead of outside, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Following the argument, Burnside grabbed a rifle and pointed it at Cazier, telling him to leave. The two began fighting over the rifle, with Burnside’s wife trying to separate them. Burnside pulled the gun away from Cazier and pointed it at his head. The affidavit said Cazier pushed the barrel above his head when Burnside pulled the trigger.
Cazier then pulled the gun from Burnside and hit him in the head with the butt of the rifle, before heading outside and calling 911, according to Burnside’s wife’s statements to the deputy.
Burnside disputed his wife’s version of events, saying it was Cazier who pulled the trigger.
Burnside was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for treatment before being booked in Jefferson County Jail. He was released to pretrial services on Wednesday.
Burnside’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 4.
Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.