A Kennewick man is accused of pointing a gun at a woman and racking a round into the chamber after he repeatedly was asked to leave a home.
Cody Lee Beitz, 38, pleaded innocent to second-degree assault for the Aug. 4 incident. Trial is set for Sept. 30.
Court documents show that Beitz was visiting a home when at least one person at the house noticed he "was acting strangely" and wanted him to leave.
Beitz refused to go and had to be pushed toward his car by three people, including Annette Nielsen. He then sat in his car without leaving, so Nielsen walked over to the car and repeated that he needed to go, documents said.
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That's when she saw a handgun on the passenger seat. Beitz allegedly grabbed it and pointed the Walther 9mm handgun at Nielsen, who ran away and told her friends.
Another person then went outside while holding a gun at his side and asked Beitz to leave, which he eventually did.
Benton County sheriff's deputies went to his home and saw the same car parked in the driveway with Beitz sitting in the front passenger seat.
Documents said Beitz yelled obscenities at deputies and told them they had no right to be on his property, while refusing several orders to show his hands and step outside. He later got out of the car but wouldn't take his hands out of his waistband, so deputies had to force him to the ground to handcuff him, documents said.
Deputies noted that Beitz showed signs of being intoxicated.
A black handgun was on the passenger-side floorboard, so deputies got a search warrant and discovered the gun was loaded with 14 rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber, court documents said.
Beitz said he has a concealed weapons permit and can do what he wants to protect himself.
He denied pointing the gun at anyone and said he never removed it from the holster, documents said.
Beitz is being held on $25,000 bail. He can't have any contact with Nielsen while the case is pending.
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