- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Billings man faces a criminal endangerment charge after a standoff at a Bozeman motel that began when dispatchers received a 911 call and heard a child state that he was scared because there was a “bad guy” in the room.

Kenneth Michael Markee Jr. surrendered Tuesday morning about six hours after the 911 call was made, officers said. The man’s 5-year-old son is safe, Police Chief Steve Crawford said.

Markee, 36, told investigators strange things had started happening in his motel room, according to charging documents. He said he was terrified after hearing knocking on the wall and the door and because the television began going on and off by itself, an affidavit of probable cause said.

“The Defendant explained he found a revolver lying on the floor, partially sticking out from under the bed,” and when he picked it up, noticed that it was cocked, Detective Scott McCormick wrote.

The gun “went off” on its own, with the bullet going through the door to the adjoining room, charging documents said. The bullet came to rest in the wall of the bathroom in the adjoining room, court records said.

No one else was injured.

Other family members were going to pick up the boy, McCormick said.

Officers responded to the Microtel Inn and Suites at 1 a.m. Tuesday after dispatchers received a 911 call in which a child stated: “I’m scared. There is a bad guy in here, and mom is very far away.”

They reported hearing several shots.

Officers were able to contact Markee by phone about 3 a.m. and could hear a child’s voice in the background. Markee agreed to surrender shortly after 7 a.m. and was arrested without incident.

Police found the man’s son sleeping on a bed and found a revolver on a shelf below the television, court records said.

Markee was being held in the Gallatin County jail on Monday. He was expected to make an initial appearance in Justice Court on Tuesday. He did not yet have an attorney, the county attorney’s office said.

Markee has a 2006 conviction for possession of dangerous drugs in Rosebud County, according to a Department of Corrections website.

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