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Wagner man arrested for false imprisonment, assault

WAGNER — A 46-year-old Wagner man was arrested for allegedly not allowing a woman to leave a residence and threatening her with what was believed to be a gun.

At approximately 12:44 a.m. on Jan. 4, Wagner officers received a call from a frantic female saying David Cournoyer would not allow her to leave a residence all day. She said Cournoyer had a handgun he threatened her with, and he broke her phone and iPad so she could not call for help, according to court documents.

The woman was eventually able to get away and call officers.

Police surrounded the Main Street residence, knowing Cournoyer had a gun. Eventually, Cournoyer left the house and ran toward two deputies on scene, who drew their firearms and pointed them at Cournoyer.

Cournoyer did not follow commands to get on the ground and reached toward his pocket, leading officers to deploy a Taser at Cournoyer twice. He fell to the ground and was arrested.

Officers searched the house and found the alleged gun, which turned out to be a flask that was shaped like a gun.

Cournoyer was transported to the Charles Mix County Jail, where he registered a blood alcohol level of 0.171. He was charged with false imprisonment, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a Class 3 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

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