WEST FARGO – A West Fargo father is accused of threatening to kill his teenage daughter and pointing a loaded handgun at her because he was upset that she's a lesbian.
Kamiran Bakir, 47, was arraigned Wednesday in Cass County District Court on a felony charge of terrorizing.
West Fargo police received a report about 6:45 p.m. Sunday that a man had pointed a gun at people in the back seat of a car at the Eagle Run Crossing gas station at 32nd Avenue West and Sheyenne Street, according to court papers.
At the gas station, police encountered Bakir, his daughter and other relatives. After surrendering the gun to officers, Bakir told them he didn't really want to harm his daughter and that he was just upset by the news that she's a lesbian, court papers said.
Bakir's daughter, who's 16 or 17, told police that earlier that night, before her father confronted her at the gas station, he told her "she was lucky that she's not eighteen because he would have put a bullet in her head," court papers stated.
A relative told police that Bakir was troubled by his daughter's sexual orientation because of his religion, which police believe is Islam, court papers said.
Bakir posted $1,000 bail Wednesday to be released from the Cass County Jail. Attempts to reach him by phone were unsuccessful.
Bakir's court-appointed attorney, Charles Sheeley, declined to comment, saying he had just been assigned to represent Bakir and had not yet reviewed his case.
Bakir's next court hearing is set for March 30.