The Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center in Fort Hall, Idaho. Photo: Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
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Shoshone-Bannock Tribes arrest man who pulled out guns at casino

An Idaho man is being charged with disturbing the peace after a gun incident at the casino owned by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Tribal police responded to the Fort Hall Casino on Tuesday afternoon after reports of an abduction at gunpoint. It turns out that there was no abduction but there were guns, two of them in fact.

According to a tribal press release posted on EastIdahoNews.Com, Jon Davenport admitted he was intoxicated when he went to the casino and pulled out a gun. A friend took the firearm from him and escorted him out to the parking lot.

That's where the second gun came into play. According to the tribe, Davenport was carrying another firearm, concealed in a shoulder holster.

But no one was harmed. Tribal police later down Davenport, the friend and a third person to a home on the reservation, where they determined no one had been abducted.


Davenport was booked into jail but appears to have been released, as hie name does not appear on the Bingham County Jail 's detention list as of Wednesday evening.

The Fort Hall Casino is currently undergoing a $35 million expansion. The facility will be connected to the adjacent Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center and renamed as the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel.

Work is expected to be complete by the end of the summer. But the project hit a snag when the tribe last week terminated the contract with the main builder.

“We value the work of our subcontractors and suppliers and look forward to continuing a positive working relationship to complete our casino project,” Chairman Nathan Small said in a press release.

The tribe plans to hire another general contractor within 30 days and finish the project in a “timely and quality manner,” the press release stated.

Read More on the Story:
Man charged after displaying guns at Fort Hall casino (KIFI/KIDK April 11, 2018)
Authorities: Police arrest man who displayed gun at Fort Hall casino (The Idaho State Journal April 11, 2018)

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