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Chokio man charged in gun incident with deputy

Charges have been filed against a 43-year-old Chokio man who allegedly pointed a gun at a sheriff's deputy who was responding to a welfare check at the man's home on Oct. 8, according to a complaint filed in Stevens County District Court.

The charges allege that Steven Allen Banken, 43, of Chokio pointed a .22 pistol at Stevens County Sheriff's Deputy Ron Hensinger when Hensinger responded to a report of a possible suicide by Banken.

When Hensinger arrived at Banken's residence, he heard two men talking inside a garage. According to the complaint, Hensinger opened the screen door and he saw Banken holding a gun. Hensinger drew his weapon and told at least three times Banken to drop the gun, the complaint states. Banken refused, pointed the gun at Hensinger in a slightly downward angle and was getting angry and telling Hensinger to leave, the complaint alleges.

When the second man was able to grab Banken's gun, Banken put the gun on a bench in the garage. Banken then walked quickly and aggressively toward Banken while yelling at him, the complaint alleges.

Hensinger grabbed Banken who continued to resist arrest. The complaint alleges that Hensinger warned Banken he would use the taser on him if Banken continued to resist. Hensinger did use the taser and Banken complied.

Banken is charged with felony assault in the first degree-use of deadly force against a peace officer and felony assault in the second degree, dangerous weapon and gross misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process, interfere with a peace officer.

County attorney Aaron Jordan said Banken was scheduled to appear in court the morning of Oct. 9.

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