Gregg Alan Fuller

Gregg Alan Fuller, 48, appears via video Friday in Gallatin County Justice Court.

Bail was set at $100,000 for a Bozeman man accused of shooting a gun inside his home while a woman and a child hid in a bathroom.

Gregg Alan Fuller, 48, faces charges of criminal endangerment and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies. Fuller also faces a misdemeanor charge of partner or family member assault.

He appeared via video in Gallatin County Justice Court Friday before Judge Arthur Behar.

Gallatin County prosecutor Jordan Salo argued that bail be set at $250,000. He said Fuller was involved in another standoff with law enforcement in June when he threatened to harm himself. Fuller was “escalating his behavior,” Salo said, and the gunshot went through an empty bedroom and into a bathroom where the woman and a 15-month-old girl were hiding.

“The victim in the case did tell law enforcement that, while she was standing in the bathroom, the bullet came through and she was showered with plaster from the ceiling,” Salo said.

She said Fuller tried to open a locked gun safe by chaining it to his truck and dragging it.

Defense attorney Mary Kramer argued that Fuller be released on his own recognizance, noting Fuller is presumed innocent while the allegations are unproven.

On Wednesday at about 12:15 a.m., a woman reported Fuller smashed her other phone and was “going to get guns,” according to charging documents. The woman said she was hiding in a room with her daughter at a house on Coulee Drive near Belgrade.

Two Gallatin County sheriff’s deputies responded to the call and saw Fuller getting into a running truck, according to charging documents. The deputies told Fuller to show his hands. He replied “No,” and got into his truck.

After a while, police said, Fuller got out of the truck and ran inside the home. The deputies chased him inside and tried unsuccessfully to shock him with a stun gun. Fuller locked himself in an upstairs room and fired a gun.

Deputies found the woman and her crying baby and put them in the back of a patrol car.

The woman told deputies that Fuller was demanding the passcode to a gun safe, which a mental health professional recommended she change because he had threatened suicide a few weeks before. She said Fuller used power tools to try to open the safe.

Police said Fuller then told the woman she would “get justice tonight” and “chose the wrong guy to protect you,” referring to Fuller’s father, who had helped the woman lock up the guns. The woman said she would be dead if Fuller would have opened the gun safe.

A negotiator spent several hours trying to talk Fuller into coming out of the house. The deputies left Wednesday morning because they thought his offenses were “of a misdemeanor nature,” court documents say. They returned that afternoon and were able to get Fuller out of the house and took him to the Law and Justice Center for questioning.

Fuller admitted to saying and doing what the woman claimed, police said.

He said he grabbed a gun from an upstairs room after the deputies chased him, police said. Fuller said he accidentally fired the gun because he tripped over his dog.

When he woke up later that morning, police said, Fuller patched and painted the bullet holes in the door and wall because he didn’t want his kids to see the damage.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.

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Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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