Byron, MN (KROC-AM News)- A Southeast Minnesota man is facing a felony charge after being accused of threatening his neighbor with a gun. 

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The criminal complaint, filed in Olmsted County Court on Friday, says the incident occurred while the defendant was walking his dog. 

Witnesses told law enforcement they saw the firearm threat. The victim also captured the incident on video, which was seen by responding deputies, the charges say. 

Charges: Video Shows Byron Dog Walker Threatening Neighbor With Gun

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office responded to an assault call at a residence in Byron shortly before 6 p.m. on Thursday. The victim, described as an adult male, reported his neighbor had threatened him with a gun. 

He showed deputies the video he took, which depicts him walking 10-15 feet behind the defendant, identified as 77-year-old Roy Earl Diehl

Deihl complaint. Olmsted County Court
Deihl complaint. Olmsted County Court

Deihl was walking with his dog and the victim told Deihl that the dog needed to be leashed. Deihl responded by telling the victim to stay back, the complaint says. 

The video shows the two men continuing to walk and Deihl telling the victim to not come closer. As Deihl issued the second warning, he’s seen withdrawing a black handgun and pointing it at the victim, the charges say. 

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Footage shows Deihl’s finger on the trigger and telling the victim to stay away as he walks towards the victim, who appears to be retreating from the Byron man, the complaint states. 

Multiple witnesses told deputies they saw Deihl point the gun at the victim, according to the court filing. The complaint does make a further mention of the firearm. 

Deihl complaint. Olmsted County Court
Deihl complaint. Olmsted County Court

Deihl has been charged with a count of felony terroristic threats and a gross misdemeanor dangerous weapons charge. 

He was released without bail following his arraignment on Friday and is due back in court later this month.

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