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Navy official points gun at group outside Virginia house party

Posted at 7:12 AM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 07:19:29-04

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. -- The U.S. Navy is investigating a senior official who pointed a gun at a group of young men outside his Northern Virginia home. The June 11 incident was recorded on cell phone video.

The man with the gun was identified as Karing Ohannnessian, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Environment.

The men in the video claimed Ohannnessian threatened them after they left a friend's party in Burke, Virginia.

They said Ohannnessian was upset that they parked outside his home and were being loud, WUSA reported. He also accused the men of being drunk.

The 90-second incident ended when a woman, believed to be Ohannnessian's wife, convinced him to back down.

A few days later, a mother of a young men in the video filed a complaint.

"It's horrifying to see someone pointing a gun at your child. And we were pretty shocked," mother Anne Sheeran told CBS News. "I do hope his employer now that we know who that is takes really strong action because it seems like the Navy is sending a terrible message if one of their people is so freely abusive to members of the public."

In a statement to CBS News, the Navy responded:

MR. OHANNESSIAN'S SUPERVISOR IS TAKING THE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO INCLUDE WORKING TO UNDERSTAND THE FULL DETAILS OF WHAT OCCURRED.