- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A 30-year-old Kalispell man who was shot by police in his house has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a peace officer.

Ryan Pengelly entered his plea Tuesday before District Judge Heidi Ulbricht. He is charged with pointing a rifle at police on Jan. 12 when they responded to a report that his mother was suicidal.

Pengelly, an Army veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury, told investigators he was sleeping when he heard a commotion and came into the living room with a loaded rifle. The officers said they told Pengelly to drop the weapon and when he didn’t they shot him. He was hit four times and underwent emergency surgery.

Pengelly has said the officers didn’t give him enough time to react. Attorney Peter Leander said he believes he can prove that Pengelly didn’t know the men were officers.

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