Crime

Tacoma man pleads not guilty to pointing shotgun at four teens

A 44-year-old Tacoma man pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree assault after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at four teenagers in his neighborhood.

Pierce County prosecutors said they might file additional counts if a plea deal is not reached with Scott Beckett before the case goes to trial.

No one was hurt in the incident, which took place about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 3500 block of East G Street.

The teens – aged 12, 14 and 15 – called 911 after Beckett allegedly told them, “I have something for you,” went inside his home and returned with a shotgun, according to charging papers.

Police said the boys were riding bicycles in the area when they saw Beckett walk home from a nearby bar and stand at his fence, staring at them.

When an officer arrived, Beckett allegedly was standing in the intersection with the gun pointed at the boys, who were hiding behind vehicles.

Beckett dropped the shotgun when police arrived and was arrested.

“The defendant admitted (he) pointed the gun at the kids and said he knew it was wrong,” court records indicate. “He said he was tired of the punk kids taking over the neighborhood.”

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