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City man accused of threatening neighbor with handgun

COLUMBUS — A 64-year-old Columbus man is accused of threatening to kill a neighbor and his friend before firing a handful of shots from a handgun into the neighbor's yard late Sunday night.

Dennis Seadschlag is accused of using a weapon to commit a felony and two counts of making terroristic threats in connection with the 11:04 p.m. incident in the 1600 block of 39th Avenue, south of Howard Boulevard.

On Tuesday, Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa set Seadschlag's bond at 10 percent of $75,000 during a bond review hearing held via videoconference from the county jail.

"I've never been arrested," Seadschlag told the judge during the hearing, "could you go slow (in explaining the nature of the charges)." The judge then repeated the charges the defendant faced in the incident.

Seadschlag said he was suffering from depression and anxiety symptoms during a rambling exchange with the judge.

Skorupa scheduled Seadschlag for a felony first appearance hearing Nov. 6.

Court documents in the case describe an incident in which Columbus Police officers were dispatched for a shots-fired call to 1658 39th Ave. late Sunday night.

Seadschlag's next-door neighbor, a 22-year-old man, reported that he was in his home watching a movie in the bedroom when he heard yelling outside, said Officer Corey Sylvester in an arrest affidavit.

The neighbor said he looked out a window and Seadschlag was standing outside his home yelling threats. The neighbor said he and his sister's boyfriend, 21, went outside to see what Seadschlag was yelling about.

When the two men approached Seadschlag, who was standing behind a vehicle in his driveway, the older man "fired five or six shots into their yard," Sylvester said.

"(Seadschlag) had come around the car and was holding the gun over the fence into their yard," Sylvester said the victims reported.

Seadschlag's neighbor said as he was running away he was fearful of being shot in the back, the officer said.

Sylvester said spent shell casings were later found in Seadschlag's neighbor's yard. A handgun was recovered during a search of the defendant's residence.


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