A Billings man faces accusations that he tried to force another man into his pickup at gunpoint and threatened to shoot him.
Tyler Daniel Gilstrap, 25, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video from the county jail on Tuesday, where Judge David Carter charged him with one felony count each of assault with a weapon and attempted kidnapping.
He set Gilstrap’s bond at $25,000 and ordered him to appear in District Court on April 18.
Charging documents say that a man told county sheriff’s deputies that Gilstrap showed up at his Lockwood home on April 11 and asked him to tell him the truth about his father’s death.
The man reported that he and Gilstrap’s father were good friends and that Gilstrap’s father drowned in January after he fell through the ice while the two were on an ice fishing trip together at Fort Peck.
As the man recounted the story to Gilstrap on April 11, he noticed the barrel of a revolver sticking out from Gilstrap’s shorts. Charging documents say that Gilstrap then called the man a liar and told him he was going to die before pulling out the gun, cocking the hammer and pointing it at the man’s head.
The man pushed the gun away from his face and Gilstrap pointed it at the ground and “appeared to fire it on an empty chamber” before turning it around and holding like he “was going to pistol whip” the man, the affidavit states.
Gilstrap then ordered the man to walk over to his shop and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t, according to court documents. They go on to state that he told the man to get into the bed of his pickup before saying, “Get in, this is where you’re gonna die.”
Fearing he’d be either assaulted or shot, the man refused and ran into his house after neighbors arriving distracted Gilstrap, the affidavit states.
A short time later, a deputy responded to a report of someone firing a shot in the 300 block of Juniper Drive and found Gilstrap inside a pickup with a revolver, shotgun shells and a soft rifle case, according to charging documents.
The caller, who knows Gilstrap, told police that Gilstrap’s mental status has changed recently, that it gets worse when he drinks and that he’d recently threatened to commit suicide.
“During transport (to the jail), (Gilstrap) apologized, stated he did nothing wrong, and that ‘he killed my dad,’” the court documents state.