Man arrested after allegedly pulling gun on neighbor: Gun goes off at apartment complex in La Mesa

Neighbor says fight started over someone smoking

LA MESA, Calif. - A La Mesa man was in custody Wednesday after he allegedly threatened his 33-year-old neighbor with a pistol following an argument between the two men.

Ronald Neville, 46, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and negligent discharge of a firearm, according to La Mesa police Sgt. Bret Richards.

Around 9:30 p.m., officers received reports of a man brandishing a handgun and gunfire being heard at an apartment complex in the 4700 block of Jessie Avenue

While on their way to the scene, officers received word that a gunshot had been fired.

Police said that the incident stemmed from a fight between two neighbors in the apartment complex. During the argument, 33-year-old Ezra Snyder went up to Neville's door.

Snyder told 10News Neville had recently quit smoking and wanted everyone around him to quit.

"It’s been a situation where it’s kind of snowballed out of control," Snyder said. "I was tired of my wife being verbally threatened. My next door neighbors are threatened on an everyday basis, my kids feel like they’re unsafe outside. You never know when these people are going to just flip.

Snyder said he had enough and went upstairs.

"I knock on his door, and I ask him a few questions, and I tell him you need to stop talking to my family, my wife, my next door neighbors like this," he told 10News. "It’s getting to the point where they feel uncomfortable outside their own home."

The suspect, armed with a .38 caliber revolver, pointed the gun at the victim's head and threatened to shoot him.

Police said after the victim fled, the suspect went back inside his apartment and accidently fired the gun.

“We’re here in America," Snyder said. "My family has a right to smoke. He was bothered about the smoke and he stopped smoking, so the whole world has got to stop smoking.”

The suspect was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and negligent discharged of a firearm.

No one was injured during the incident.

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