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Gun Involved In Neighborhood Football Tension

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Neighborhood kids playing football outdoors turned into a heated situation that got Kennewick police involved.

A man is facing charges after Kennewick Police say he threatened kids with a rifle. Officers say they were called to the 6200 block of West Albany Court in Kennewick after neighbors say a man was walking around with a rifle.

Officers found out that the suspect's son had stolen a football from a neighborhood kid and when they found it and took the ball back, the suspect got angry, posted himself with a BB gun behind a recycling bin and told the neighbors kids that if anyone else steals from his son he'd used them for target practice.

"His little brother stole it from the neighbors and he told us that he found it and then when they asked for it, they threw a fit and then I guess a gun was brought outside," said Courtney Simmons, the daughter of the suspect's girlfriend.

The first time police visited the neighborhood the suspect handed over two broken BB guns to police, but when another witness not involved in the incident said the man had a rifle, officers talked to the man again. The suspect eventually admitted he had brought out a 9mm carbine outside and it was inside his home. He was arrested and booked into jail for a dangerous weapons violation.