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Man faces felony for alleged shooting threat

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — Prosecutors have charged a local man with felony aggravated assault and battery for allegedly threatening someone with a firearm in May, Campbell County court records say. 

Gavin Durfee faces up to 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both for allegedly pointing a gun at someone who sent a message to his wife and expressed a desire to have intercourse with her on May 14, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case. 

The message was sent after Durfee and his wife returned home from a party where he threw a bottle at the individual. He reportedly grabbed a 9mm handgun, left the residence and went to the individual’s home, the affidavit states. 

Durfee concealed the firearm behind his back when he arrived. The individual later told police officers that Durfee threatened him by stating, “Don’t talk to my wife or I will shoot you,” per the affidavit. 

He then pointed the firearm at the individual and the two began physically wrestling before Durfee left the residence and returned home, according to the affidavit. 

When officers arrived to investigate, Durfee told them that he took a plastic toy revolver with him to the individual’s residence and that he just wanted to scare him, not shoot him, the affidavit states, adding claims from Durfee that he removed the plastic orange tip to make it look real. 

The individual and another witness, however, said that Durfee had held a black semi-automatic pistol, which was later recovered at Durfee’s residence by officers, per the affidavit. 

The investigation, per court records, found that Durfee’s use of a firearm was not necessary for the defense of himself, another or property. He was taken into custody for aggravated assault and battery.