Minot man charged with reckless endangerment

Charles M. Johnson Jr., 22, Benton, Louisiana, was arrested and charged with two counts of reckless endangerment after a shooting at a Minot residence on Wednesday night.

Minot Police allege Johnson fired shots at an occupied southeast Minot residence after an altercation with someone who lived in the home. According to an affidavit filed with the Court, two vehicles approached the residence. The occupants in the vehicles exited, and were allegedly challenged by an individual who brandished a pistol and demanded they leave the area.

According to witnesses, the group quickly dispersed, with Johnson driving away and firing from a white Charger. Investigators recovered three fired pistol casings along with one unfired round on the scene. No injuries were reported, but several rounds came close to hitting victims on a deck and the kitchen in the home, with one nearly striking one victim in the head.

The second vehicle, a green Pontiac G8, was eventually located and stopped by a Ward County deputy. Johnson was inside the vehicle and was arrested on two counts of reckless endangerment, which is a Class C felony. Investigators did not discover a firearm in their search of Johnson or the Pontiac, and have not yet located the white Charger.

Johnson is currently in the Ward County Jail and made his initial appearance on Thursday. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23.


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