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A 73-year-old Waldorf man has been ordered held in lieu of $25,000 bond on charging papers that he threatened his neighbor with a gun Sunday afternoon after the neighbor’s dog defecated in his yard.

William Edward Smith Jr. admitted to an officer that he had made a “stupid” mistake by trying to scare his neighbor with a gun in an attempt to keep the dog from repeatedly making a mess on his property, the papers state.

The neighbor told police he had been loading his car with his wife when Smith walked over, visibly upset and yelling about finding dog feces in his yard, according to court documents.

The neighbor said Smith blamed him for letting the dog out and went back to his house. The neighbor then retrieved a broom and dustpan from his home to clean up the feces, the records state.

The neighbor said that as he knelt in Smith’s yard, cleaning up the feces, Smith walked back outside, yelling and cursing loudly, the documents state. Smith then pulled a handgun and, pointing it at the neighbor’s stomach, threatened to shoot the dog if it came in his yard again, according to court papers.

The neighbor said he went back to his house to call police and told his wife to stay inside. He was afraid Smith might shoot him if he said something wrong, the records state. Officers were called to the scene at 12:45 p.m.

Smith told an officer that the dog had been defecating in his yard since the neighbor got it six or seven months ago, the papers state.

He said he confronted his neighbor Sunday afternoon after again finding dog feces in his yard and asked that something be done to stop it before returning to his backyard to do some yard work.

Smith said he became agitated when his neighbor started “sighing heavily” while cleaning up the dog’s mess, the documents state. At that point, Smith went to his room and got his pistol, which he told the officer he should not have done, according to charging papers.

The gun had a round loaded in a chamber, but Smith said he kept the pistol pointed at the ground and his finger off the trigger, the papers state.

The officer found a black Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver in a blue cooler along the side of Smith’s home, the records state. It was loaded with one round of ammunition.

Smith was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in commission of a violent crime and reckless endangerment.

He was ordered held on $25,000 bond at a bail review hearing Monday.

jnewman@somdnews.com