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Anaheim father shoots at son for leaving cigarette butts in yard, police say

April 25, 2011 |  8:06 pm

An Anaheim father was arrested Monday after police said he shot at his son for leaving cigarette butts in the backyard.

The incident occurred about 7:30 a.m. after John Bennem, 68, saw the butts in the yard, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

"Dad came into the house upset with his son for leaving cigarette butts in the yard," Sgt. Rick Martinez told The Times.

Bennem allegedly pulled out a handgun and took his son into the backyard to show him the butts. He fired one shot but missed, Martinez said.

Police swarmed the area, locking down nearby Mattie Lou Maxwell Elementary School for about 90 minutes, before Bennem peacefully surrendered to officers who had gathered outside the home in the 2700 block of West Savoy Place.

Police said Bennem was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats.


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