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63-year-old arrested after domestic disturbance involving gun ends peacefully

An East Grand Forks police officer was starting to squeeze the trigger on his gun when a domestic disturbance involving a 63-year-old man holding a pistol ended peacefully.

An East Grand Forks police officer was starting to squeeze the trigger on his gun when a domestic disturbance involving a 63-year-old man holding a pistol ended peacefully.

Richard Allen Hagen, of East Grand Forks, made his first appearance in court Monday after he was arrested Saturday and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, a felony.

When police responded to an East Grand Forks home about midnight Saturday for a domestic disturbance, they heard a bang inside believed to be a gunshot, according to a criminal complaint.

The officers entered and took cover in the kitchen with their firearms out, and they could hear Hagen yelling in a back room, the complaint states.

Hagen came out of the room with a silver pistol in his right hand, screaming "shoot me" with his hands in the air, refusing to drop the pistol. Just as one of the officers started to squeeze his tigger, Hagen threw the pistol, and it landed on the ground in front of the officer, according to the complaint.

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After police were able to get the pistol and handcuff Hagen, they found a spent .22 caliber round on the floor in the backroom.

Hagen faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison and $5,000 fine. He is scheduled to appear at 8 a.m. Thursday in Polk County District Court.

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