- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Formal charges have been filed against a man shot in the leg by a Bismarck police officer.

Twenty-two-year-old Paul Smith II, of Grand Forks, was shot following a traffic stop Tuesday evening. Authorities allege Smith removed the officer’s gun from its holster during a scuffle, and the gun went off during the struggle.

Smith faces three felony charges, including disarming a police officer, and a misdemeanor. Court documents don’t list an attorney for him.

Smith was wanted on a probation violation relating to a 2014 misdemeanor conviction in Grand Forks for assault. His attorney in that case told the Associated Press that he no longer represents Smith.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the officer involved in the shooting is on leave while local and state officials investigate. That’s normal procedure.

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