- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Grand Forks man accused of disarming and assaulting a police officer has pleaded not guilty.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1MHHP8O ) that Paul Smith entered pleas to several charges on Monday.

The incident dates back to February when a Bismarck police officer pulled over Smith for not having license plates on the vehicle he was driving. The vehicle was later determined to be stolen.

Authorities say during the traffic stop, a fight broke out between the officer and Smith. Sometime during the scuffle, the officer’s gun came out of its holster. The gun fired, hitting Smith in the leg.

Smith’s attorney, Kent Morrow, says a defective holster was responsible for the loose firearm.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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