Senior Navy official charged with brandishing a firearm
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published: July 20, 2016
WASHINGTON — A Navy deputy assistant secretary was charged Tuesday in Virginia with brandishing a firearm after video surfaced online of him threatening men in front of his house with a handgun.
Karnig Ohannessian, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for the environment, faces three misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm for the incident in Burke just outside of Washington, D.C., according to a spokesman for the Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney.
In Virginia, brandishing a firearm is the most severe misdemeanor and includes a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
The Navy put Ohannessian on paid administrative leave earlier this month following the June incident, according to local television station WUSA 9. The service did not immediately comment on the charges Tuesday.