A Curtis man is being held on $100,000 bail after being accused of shooting at a neighbor’s dog and a man who tried to intervene.
Mario A. Cecchetto, 51, made his first appearance Monday on a single charge of second-degree assault.
Defense attorney Rachael Tiller noted Monday that Cecchetto was asserting self defense in the incident.
According to court documents, police responded on Nov. 29 to a “dispute between neighbors” in the 300 block of Boistfort Road in Curtis.
When deputies arrived, a man reported he was visiting a woman who lived in the neighborhood when the woman told him Cecchetto, her neighbor “was shooting at (her) dog when the children were playing outside in the field,” according to court documents.
The man reported that he confronted Cecchetto and asked him to stop shooting when the kids were in the field.
“Mr. Cecchetto got mad and stated that he can shoot when he wants to. A verbal argument ensued and Mr. Cecchetto pulled out a black pistol and aimed it at (the alleged victim.)”
Cecchetto then allegedly fired a round into the ground in front of the alleged victim.
Cecchetto reportedly told a deputy that the alleged victim made him mad and that he “pulled out the gun to prove that he had one and to scare them.”