Police: Neighbors’ dispute results in firearms charges

HARRINGTON — A 65-year-old Harrington man was arrested Monday after allegedly threatening to kill a neighbor and his dog during an afternoon dispute, authorities said.

The incident began just before 1 p.m. when a man’s dog got loose and was spotted on Edward Bonsall Jr.’s property in the 100 block of Wolcott Street, Harrington Police said. The neighbor claimed an argument followed as he tried to secure his dog, spokesman Capt. Earl K. Brode said. Mr. Bonsall then allegedly went to his home and returned with a BB gun that he pointed at the neighbor. The neighbor then called police.

Patrol officers investigated and found a BB gun in Mr. Bonsall’s home, authorities said. The man told police he had several other guns on the premises and they were seized, Capt. Brode said. Mr. Bonsall was taken into custody and found to be a Tier 3 Registered Sex Offender and thus prohibited from possessing firearms, police said.

Charges include possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession, purchase or own a firearm by person prohibited, first-degree reckless endangering and terroristic threatening.
Mr. Bonsall was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover via video phone and released on $24,000 unsecured bond.

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