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Kidnapping charge filed in Thursday incident with shots fired

Kidnapping charge filed in Thursday incident with shots fired


A Bismarck man who police say forced his way into an apartment early Thursday, held another man at gunpoint and allegedly fired a shot that entered a neighboring building is charged with kidnapping and two other felonies.

Christopher Williams, 39, also is charged with terrorizing and reckless endangerment, according to court records. He pushed his way into a Summit Avenue apartment while holding a gun on a man inside the unit, according to an affidavit. He allegedly fired one shot into the wall, another into the air as the two left the apartment, and another as they neared Williams’ vehicle. The man fled and heard another shot from behind him, he told police.

The round fired inside the unit struck the walls in two apartments of an adjacent building, police say. One of the shots fired outside might also have struck the building, according to the affidavit. No injuries were reported.

The incident apparently stemmed from a dispute between the two men, according to police.

Williams made his initial court appearance Thursday. He is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bail. No attorney is listed for him in court documents.

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or


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