WASHBURN COUNTY -- Felony charges were filed recently against Nathan Kast, of Spooner, WI, for allegedly shooting a gun into the air while near a Spooner motel.

Shortly after 1:00a on August 2, 2020, Spooner Police Officers responded to a motel in Spooner, WI to investigate a report that Kast had fired a gun into the air while near the motel. Kast was not in the area when Officers arrived, however, Officers found brass shell casings on the ground outside the motel.

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Surveillance video from the motel showed a man discharge a firearm numerous times into the air and the muzzle flash from the shots was clearly visible on the video, according to the criminal complaint filed against Kast.

Several witnesses in the area spoke to the Officers and were not only able to describe Kast but also could have been struck by the shots which were fired.

A search of the area surrounding the motel was conducted by Spooner Police Officers with the assistance of Washburn County Sheriff’s Deputies. When Kast returned to the motel a short time later he was taken into custody by Officers who were maintaining observation of the motel.

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While interviewing Kast, Officers observed indications that Kast was intoxicated and also observed that his clothing matched the clothing of the male subject caught on video. Kast repeatedly denied firing a gun or even having a gun in his possession. After Officers informed Kast that surveillance video had captured the incident, he continued to say, “I never had it, I never had it.”

The firearm was located and retrieved from behind the motel following Kast’s arrest. After being informed that not only had the incident been captured on video and witnessed by multiple individuals, but that the gun itself had been located, Kast stated, “This is not a serious charge, I’ll go back to prison, I have no problem going back to prison, dude.”

Kast is charged with Class F Felony First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Misdemeanor Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated, Misdemeanor Discharge Firearm Within 100 Yards of a Building, and Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct.

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At a hearing on August 3, 2020, the Court ordered a cash bond of $2,500 for Kast. Online circuit court records show that Kast appeared most recently on August 17, 2020, while in custody and Kast’s defense attorney made a motion to modify his bond, but that motion was denied by the Court. Kast is scheduled to appear again in September 2020.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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