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Navy Official Under Fire For Threatening Teens With A Gun

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Authorities are investigating a senior official with the Navy after video footage surfaced of him threatening a group of teens on his property with a gun June 11.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Environment Karnig Ohannessian is seen on a cell phone video carrying a handgun and pointing it at a group of teens, who he claims were drunk. The teens said they were at a barbecue in the neighborhood and that Ohannessian came out of his home screaming at them for being noisy and parking on the street in front of his property, reports CBS News.

After a verbal altercation Ohannessian went back into his home and came out brandishing a handgun, which he then pointed at the group of teens.

“You’re pointing a gun at my friend,” one of the boys says in the video. “This is a criminal offense, so please stop it.”

Police in Fairfax County are investigating the incident after the mother of one of the teens filed a complaint. Officials said they will present further evidence from their investigation to the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney Thursday, reports WUSA9.

Officials with the Navy said they learned of the incident Tuesday and are actively looking into the details of what occurred. At one point in the video, Ohannessian threatens violence against the group, before a woman, likely his wife, jumps in to try and calm the situation.

“I can shoot the fuck out of you guys right now,” Ohannessian yells at the teens.

Ohannessian has not been charged and the investigation is ongoing. Ohannessian has received two Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards.

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