Billings man charged with assaulting officer while armed with loaded gun

2013-09-24T16:30:00Z 2014-08-25T07:29:18Z Billings man charged with assaulting officer while armed with loaded gunGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Bond was set at $75,000 on Tuesday for a man accused of fighting with two Billings police officers while armed with a loaded pistol.

Joshua David Gardipee, 28, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on two felony charges of assault on a peace officer.

Judge Pro Tem Lance Lundvall set the high bond after a prosecutor said Gardipee has a felony conviction in 2011 for assaulting an officer.

According to court records, at about 2 p.m. Sunday two officers were sent to the Rimview Inn on North 27th Street to check on a report that Gardipee was in the motel parking lot. Gardipee had several outstanding warrants.

Gardipee was found sitting in a parked vehicle. While an officer was patting him down outside the vehicle, Gardipee suddenly pulled away and one of the officers saw a gun in his pocket, court records state.

A struggle ensued between the officers and Gardipee, who reportedly tried to pull out the gun. Gardipee was hit twice with a Taser before a third officer was able to get him in handcuffs.

Officers said they recovered a loaded revolver from Gardipee's pocket. The two officers were injured during the incident, but the extent and severity of their injuries was unclear.

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