Police: 70-year-old man threatens neighbors with gun, man shoots him

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LEEDS, Utah - Washington County deputies are investigating after a neighbor shot a 70-year-old man in Leeds.

Authorities said 70-year-old Stephen Aizenberg walked to his neighbor's house armed with a handgun.

Deputies said Aizenberg pointed the gun at his neighbors and neighbor's guests, who were in the driveway.

Officials said one of the guests felt threatened and shot Aizenberg when the man continued to approach them with a gun pointed at the group.

The Washington County Sheriff's office said it doesn't know why Aizenberg went after his neighbors with a weapon.

Deputies said there are no previous recorded conflicts between Aizenberg and his neighbors.

According to Leeds officials, the neighbor's guest who shot Aizenberg stayed at the scene and is cooperating with police.

He has not been arrested.

Neighbor Zach Maley said it was a shock to those who live in the area.

“It’s kind of unsettling,” he said. ”Just because you come home, you don’t think it’s going to happen, and then it just kind of happens in your neighborhood one day.”

Detectives are working to figure out what led up to Aizenberg's actions, and officials said they will be referring the case to the Washington County Attorney's Office for further review.

4 comments

  • Bob

    Four options come to mind:

    Option A: Call 911 and then huddled in a group and hope and pray the police arrive in time to save some of them.
    Option B: Everybody scatter and run in different directions. Too bad for granny who uses a walker.
    Option C: Call his bluff and tell the gunman to go home and behave himself.
    Option D: Do what the Founding Fathers would have done and defend themselves.

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