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Former cop gets rider for threatening woman with gun

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Ryan Davis | Bannock County Jail

POCATELLO — A former Pocatello police officer was sent to prison this week to complete a rider program.

Ryan R. Davis, 30, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault for an incident where he held a gun to a woman’s head. Davis had previously pleaded guilty to assault as part of a plea agreement where a felony attempted strangulation charge was dismissed. District Judge Stephen Dunn gave Davis an underlying sentence of three to five years in prison.

A rider is when a judge sends a person to prison for up to a year to undergo various treatment programs. When the inmate has completed the program, the judge can then decide to send them back to prison to fulfill the underlying sentence or release them on probation.

Police reports show Davis and a victim got into an argument at a Pocatello apartment on New Year’s Eve, according to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by Eventually, things escalated and things turned violent, the victim later told investigators. At one point, Davis allegedly grabbed a handgun from the closet and placed it to her forehead and threatened her.

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The woman pleaded for Davis not to shoot her, and he turned the gun toward himself, according to court documents. The woman said he tried twice to force the woman’s fingers onto the trigger “to fire the gun and kill him.”

Eventually, the woman convinced Davis to put the gun down, and she walked out of the house to get help. As she left, Davis told her he was sorry and didn’t mean it, she said.

Pocatello Police previously told that Davis worked as a police officer with the Pocatello Police Department for about three years, but quit in Fall 2019.

In addition to the time on the rider, Dunn ordered Davis to pay $1,845.50 in fees and fines.