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A Bismarck man is accused of shooting a BB gun at his neighbors, claiming they had been spying on him using drones.

Jason Lee Bechtold, 41, was arrested Sunday and charged with felony counts of terrorizing and attempt to commit aggravated assault using a weapon.

At about 1 p.m. Sunday, Bismarck police officers were dispatched to a residence on Sussex Street in south Bismarck for a report of a man shooting a gun at houses, according to an affidavit.

An officer spoke with the woman who called 911 and she said Bechtold had a BB handgun and was talking about shooting drones and the neighbors.

Officers talked with Bechtold, and he reportedly said he was shooting the BB handgun at his neighbors because they were shooting BBs at him first. He also said they had drones and were spying on him.

Bechtold let the officers inside his home, where they found a CO2-powered BB handgun on a couch.

The husband of the neighbor who called the police said he had been out in his yard with his dog when he heard something "whizzing" by his head and hitting the side of their house. He then looked up and saw Bechtold pointing a gun out the back window of his house and shooting BBs at him. His wife then called the police.

Bechtold had an initial appearance in court Monday. His bond was set at $2,500.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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