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Navy official charged after pointing gun at group outside Virginia home

Posted at 9:56 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 21:59:28-04

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. -- A senior Navy official has been charged after a video surfaced of him pointing a gun at a group of young men outside his Northern Virginia home.

The man in the video has been identified as Karing Ohannnessian, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Environment.

The 49-year-old has been charged with three counts of brandishing a firearm, according to Fairfax County Police.

The video is from an incident on June 11 that was recorded on a cell phone.

The men in the video claimed Ohannnessian threatened them after they left a friend's barbecue in Burke, Virginia. They said he was upset that they parked outside his home and accused them of being loud and drunk.

It's unclear if the gun is loaded, but in the footage Ohannessian threatens to use it.

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

If convicted he could face one year in jail for each charge.

In a statement to CBS News, the Navy said Ohannessian remains on administrative leave.

"We are aware of the charges. Mr. Ohannessian was placed on administrative leave by the Navy upon notification of the incident (7 July) and remains on leave."