Top Navy Official Charged After Waving Gun At Group Of Young Men


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Authorities brought charges against a top Navy official Tuesday after an altercation caught on film showed him threatening a group of young men with a gun.

Detectives in Fairfax County, Virginia served Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Environment Karnig Ohannessian with three charges over the June 11 incident. He is seen on a cell phone video carrying a handgun and pointing it at a group of young men, who he claims were drunk. The victims 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 WUSA9.

Ohannessian faces three misdemeanor charges, each carrying a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison for pulling a firearm on the three young men involved in the incident.

“It’s justice served,” Tyler Steele, on of the victims, told WUSA9. “People just think they can do what they want. He put me and my friends’ lives in danger. It was insanely scary. I’ve never been in such a scary situation.”

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

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

After the video surfaced officials placed Ohannessian on administrative leave, pending the police investigation, which is still ongoing. Ohannessian has received two Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards.

“We’re all human beings and we all make mistakes,” Steele told WUSA9. ” I don’t wish anything bad on the guy. But hopefully, he’ll learn he can’t just pull his gun like that on people.”

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