Argument over used water heater escalates to dueling trucks, gunshots and an arrest

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A 49-year-old Kalamazoo Township man is facing felonious assault and firearms charges following an argument with his neighbor about 5:30 a.m. Monday, the Kalamazoo Township police department reported in a written statement on the incident.

The neighbor, a 34-year-old woman, told police that the incident began when the man was shining his truck's headlights on her house and yard, in the 2300 block of Woodward Avenue. She said she went out to speak to the man, and they began to argue.

Kalamazoo Township police said that they were told the man was angry about not receiving money for a used water heater that had been removed from his house.

The woman said that in the middle of the argument, the neighbor drove his truck over bushes and into her front yard. She told police she believed he was trying to run her over. The woman said she sought refuge in her own truck and began to use her own truck to run into her neighbor’s truck in an effort to get him out of her front yard. That's when her neighbor left and drove south a short distance to the intersection of Amsterdam and Woodward, where he stopped his truck.

The woman said that by this time others at her home had joined her in the front yard. Witnesses said the man then fired five rounds from a handgun while still seated in his truck.

Officers recovered two handguns from the man's truck. The man was charged with felonious assault, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The department said that officers anticipate referring the case to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office for review. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact the officers at 269-343-0551 or call Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.

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