A Casper man involved in an incident that prompted four schools to lock down has made an appearance in court.

Twenty-five year old Nicholas Stone has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

Casper police early Tuesday morning (May 21st), Stone had been drinking and got into an argument with his girlfriend.

He then left and walked to his parents' home on the 41-hundred block of Benton Avenue, but left his cell phone behind.

Later that morning, his girl-friend returned the phone to him and confronted him about some text messages he had received.

Prosecutors say Stone then slapped his girlfriend in the face and retrieved a unloaded handgun, but never pointed it at her.

Law enforcement was contacted and officers arrived a short time later to contain the situation.

That prompted the schools to lock down for several hours.

Stone eventually surrendered and when interviewed, said he got the gun to use as a scare tactic toward his girl-friend.

He claims he loaded it only after police arrived on the scene.

Stone is being held on $25,000 bond awaiting trial and faces up to 10 years in prison on each charge, if convicted.