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The man who landed a punch to the face of Montana Attorney General Tim Fox on Tuesday night in Billings called Fox to apologize Thursday.

John Barnes, communications director for the Montana Department of Justice and the Office of the Attorney General, said in an email that Fox and David E. Carpenter “had a very pleasant and positive conversation.”

Billings Police said that shortly before midnight Tuesday after guests of the Radisson Hotel had come down from their rooms when a fire alarm was pulled, Carpenter, who’d been drinking, began taking swings at Jason Thielman, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines’ chief of staff. At one point when Fox intervened on Thielman’s behalf, Carpenter, according to Fox, “cold-cocked me.”

Fox said he flipped Carpenter, got him in a half-Nelson, and subdued him until police arrived.

The fracas occurred hours after the end of the first day of the Montana Energy Conference, which concludes Thursday. Daines is hosting the conference.

Both Fox and Thielman declined to press assault charges, so police charged Carpenter with disorderly conduct. He was released from the Yellowstone County Detention Facility Wednesday, a jail spokeswoman said.

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