BARRE — A Fayston man has been sentenced for firing his gun outside a Waitsfield bar.

Casey Cook, 32, was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to one to two years all suspended except for 30 days to serve on misdemeanor counts of simple assault, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and violating conditions of release. Cook was also placed on probation for two years. He pleaded guilty to the crimes in April.

The state agreed to drop a misdemeanor count of interference with access to emergency services, per the plea agreement.

Trooper Brandon Gallant, of the Vermont State Police, said in his affidavit a report came in May 2018 about several shots being fired outside of Localfolk Smokehouse in Waitsfield. Gallant said a witness reported a male had fired off five rounds before leaving in a white vehicle. He said another witness identified the male as Cook.

Gallant said police went to Cook’s home and found his vehicle in the driveway. He said the vehicle wheel well was hot, indicating it had recently been driven. Cook was home and told police he had been at the bar with some friends, according to the affidavit.

He told police he owned a 9 mm handgun that was inside the residence. Gallant said the weapon was taken from the home and secured in his cruiser. Gallant then called a witness who reported someone at the bar had ordered Cook a beer. The witness told Gallant that Cook was asked to step outside after using profane language, and that Cook became angry and was told to leave.

The witness told Gallant that Cook returned a short time later with a hooded sweatshirt on and the hood over his head but he was recognized and told to leave again. Cook then got aggressive, according to the witness, and would not let him pass so he could call 911 using the bar’s phone.

The witness told Gallant he turned to walk toward another phone when Cook hit him in the back of the head several times. He told Gallant he heard five or six gunshots outside after Cook left. Gallant said another witness reported she saw Cook pull the handgun out, point it upward and shoot it.

Gallant again spoke with Cook who said after he returned to the bar, someone upset him. He told Gallant he and the man exchanged words and he knocked the man’s hat off his head. He told Gallant he left and was upset with how the night went so he pulled out his handgun and shot it.

eric.blaisdell @timesargus.com

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