Man arrested after pulling shotgun in dispute over cigarette butts

Man arrested after dispute over cigarette butts (VIDEO)

MT. HEALTHY, OH (FOX19) - A dispute between neighbors regarding cigarette butts ended with one of the subjects allegedly pointing a shotgun at the other, according to a Mt. Healthy Police Department Facebook post.

Officers were dispatched to a person with a gun on Harrison Avenue at around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Upon arrival, officers encountered Joseph Jungkunz, 55, who was standing next to a picnic table with a shotgun on it, according to Mt. Healthy Police Department's Facebook post.

According to an affidavit, a man ducked behind a car and called 911 after Jungkunz pointed the shotgun at him. The man said Jungkunz was mad by cigarette butts being thrown into his yard.

Court documents state that Jungkunz told police he had drank two alcoholic beverages.

Jungkunz is accused of walking away and returning with a shotgun, court documents state. Police said he clicked the gun twice.

Authorities said officers issued verbal warning to Jungkunz to move away from the firearm. Initially he refused to cooperate with the officers and became argumentative, according to the Mt. Healthy Police Department.

After a few minutes, Jungkunz eventually was taken into custody and transported to the Hamilton County Justice Center.

He's charged with aggravated menacing and using weapons while intoxicated.

Officers were praised by the Mt. Healthy Police Department for their bravery and professionalism displayed in defusing a "hostile situation."

In a Facebook post from the police chief in Mt. Healthy, the officers are "commended for their bravery, quick response, and professionalism displayed in defusing a very hostile situation."

"Their action were exemplary and successfully avoided what could have been a deadly encounter with police," the post reads.

"Based on our training, I believe we did exactly what we were supposed to do," Sgt. Michael told FOX19 NOW.

Jungkunz's next court appearance will be May 2 at 9 a.m.

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