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BLACKFOOT — A man was arrested Monday, May 2, after he pointed a gun at a minivan, the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office said.

Around 10 a.m., deputies responded to reports of a man with a gun at 600 West Seventh North.

While deputies were en route, dispatch informed them that the person with the gun was yelling at other people and that there was a hostage situation.

When they arrived, a man, later identified as Eugene R. Denton, 44, of Bingham County, was pointing his firearm at a blue minivan on the north side of the roadway, the sheriff’s office said.

There were no shots fired, and no one was injured.

Denton was ordered by deputies to put the gun down and was placed in custody until deputies could figure out what was going on.

After a short interview with Denton, and checking out the van to make sure that no one was being held hostage, deputies placed Denton in custody and transported him to the Bingham County Courthouse for questioning.

He was booked into the Bingham County Jail on two felony charges — impersonating a police officer and aggravated assault. No bond has been set.

It is unclear when or how Denton was allegedly impersonating an officer. This case is still under investigation.


BLACKFOOT — A man is in custody and deputies are investigating after at least one motorist reported a man pointing a gun at a vehicle this morning.

The incident happened around 10 a.m. near Hoff Road and North 600 West.

Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland is releasing very few details as his office is currently investigating the incident.

“We have one person in custody and no one is at risk,” Rowland tells

Further details are expected to be released. Stay with for updates on this story.