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February 27, 2014
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Suspect shows up at neighbor's with AK-47

Bail is $20,000 for a 19-year-old Gardnerville man who reportedly responded to an argument over hamburgers with an AK-47 assault rifle.

Christopher Joseph Littlebeaver is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance, and using or being under the influence of a controlled substance, all felonies.

According to reports, Littlebeaver confronted the victim — a neighbor — while holding an assault rifle and being under the influence of methamphetamine and marijuana.

He was arrested at 7:34 p.m. Feb. 20 on Scott Street.

Littlebeaver and the victim got in an argument, the suspect left, and returned with an AK-47 he was holding at a 45-degree angle off to the side, according to reports.

The victim said Littlebeaver’s finger was on the trigger, an allegation the suspect denied. He said he was carrying the rifle in a sling over his shoulder.

Senior Judge Steve McMorris refused to lower Littlebeaver’s bail pending his next court appearance March 5.

Prosecutor Rick Casper opposed a lower bail, calling Littlebeaver a danger to the community. He said Littlebeaver’s behavior was “a continuing course of conduct,” and an amended criminal complaint may be forthcoming.

He said if Littlebeaver makes bail, the Douglas County School District requested he be banned from any school property, as his girlfriend is a student.

“You allegedly confronted (the victim) holding an assault rifle,” McMorris said. “That would scare the daylights out of anybody.”

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The Record Courier Updated Apr 22, 2014 12:43PM Published Feb 28, 2014 08:49AM Copyright 2014 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.