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Intoxicated man points long gun at protesters outside his house, Milwaukee police say

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Posted at 4:49 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 17:49:20-04

MILWAUKEE — An intoxicated neighbor drew a long gun on people protesting outside his house before Milwaukee officers arrested him Wednesday, police say.

Around 4:30 p.m. Monday, officers were called to a home in the 3400 block of North 80th Street.

The officers discovered there that a man threatened to harm his neighbor with a chainsaw. Following the incident, officers booked the 56-year-old man for disorderly conduct while armed.

But tensions did not fade there. The next day, at around 5:20 p.m., Milwaukee police were again called to the same house, where several people were protesting outside the initial suspect's home.

Almost three hours later, a witness told officers who were monitoring the situation that the suspect had motioned with a long gun as if he were chambering a round inside the gun, and then pointed the gun at the protesters.

Apparently videos posted to social media captured the incident while it unfolded.

Milwaukee police made contact with the man, and noted that it appeared he was intoxicated.

Police arrested him on several counts: endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon while under the influence of an intoxicant, disorderly conduct while armed and bail jumping.

Criminal charges will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

MPD added in a news release that the department continues to support the rights of those who choose to peacefully protest.

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