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Man Points Gun At Neighbor’s Tree Trimmer After ‘Feeling Threatened’

LEESBURG, FLORIDA — A man from Leesburg is facing charges of aggravated assault after allegedly pointing a gun at his neighbor’s tree trimmer. The incident took place on Kelso Street around 9:28 am on Tuesday, and a Lake County sheriff’s deputy was called to respond to the complaint.

According to the victim, he was trimming the branches of a tree that was growing from the property of 50-year-old Scott Christopher Burns, but he never entered Burns’ property. Burns then approached him and aimed a gun at him, stating that he was done trimming the tree.

The victim walked away and contacted law enforcement as Burns fled the scene in his father’s black 2001 Cadillac.

The deputy spoke with witnesses and Burns’ father, who provided information on his son’s location. Burns was later found and detained by the Clermont police. During the arrest, a black Glock 9mm pistol with a fully loaded magazine and six fully loaded 9mm magazines were found in the pocket of Burns’ jacket.

Burns claimed that he felt threatened, which led him to aim the gun at the victim. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and transported to Lake County Jail. He has since been released on $5,000 bond.

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