Posted at: 09/23/2013 4:58 PM
| Updated at: 09/23/2013 5:28 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
File / WNYT
BALLSTON SPA - Douglas Stewart pled not guilty Monday afternoon to charges that he menaced a police officer.
The alleged incident happened in a nice neighborhood in Clifton Park on August 6th. The 43-year-old Stewart had had a bad day.
The successful health insurance manager had lost his job just a day earlier.
His wife called 9-1-1 because Stewart was holding a .30 caliber rifle on the deck of the couple's Cardinal Court home. She was apparently concerned that he might harm himself.
Prosecutors say that when police arrived, Stewart wouldn't put the gun down when they told him to, so a trooper shot him.
"He leveled a rifle at the police officer and when the officer found himself in imminent fear of deadly physical force being brought upon him, he had no choice but to engage in the conduct he did at that location in Clifton Park that day," said Karen Heggen, assistant district attorney.
Stewart and his attorney declined comment as they walked out of court Monday. Stewart underwent surgery after he was shot, but did not appear to be suffering any visible effects of the injury.
He's free on $50,000 bond.