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A Devils Lake man charged with discharging a firearm during a gun show in Bismarck was fined and placed on probation after entering a guilty plea, according to court documents filed Friday.

Eugene Serumgard, 71, pleaded guilty to a charge of discharging a firearm in city limits. Municipal Judge William Severin ordered him to pay $500 in fines and fees and placed him on unsupervised probation for a year.

The charge against Serumgard was an infraction, which does not reach the level of a misdemeanor. It carried a maximum fine of $1,000. A summons was issued to him on Oct. 4. A payment from him was received by mail on Friday, according to court documents.

Serumgard was charged after police investigated an incident at a Dakota Territory Gun Collectors Association gun show on Sept. 28 at the Bismarck Event Center. Serumgard, a gun dealer and vendor at the show, was demonstrating the features of a revolver when the gun discharged, according to authorities. It sent a round of birdshot -- multiple small pellets -- toward the ceiling.

There was no damage and nobody was injured. Serumgard left the event at the request of organizers.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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