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KALISPELL - A former Flathead County sheriff's deputy charged with threatening a process server with a shotgun has signed a deferred prosecution agreement.

A charge of assault with a weapon filed against Patrick B. Ward will be dismissed if he remains law abiding for six months.

Prosecutors say Ward threatened to shoot a civil process server who was delivering divorce papers to his house on May 7.

Ward shut the door in the face of the process server. When the server started to place the papers outside the door, he says Ward opened the door and yelled for him to retrieve the papers or get shot.

Prosecutors say Ward grabbed a shotgun and put a shell in the chamber. The process server fled for his car and called police.

Ward, 39, signed the deferred prosecution agreement last week with the Flathead County attorney's office.

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