Texas Man Told Dispatch He Was Going to Shoot His Neighbors With Shotgun But 'Couldn't Get It to Work'

A man has been arrested after he admitted trying to shoot his neighbors when they approached his home and only failed to do so because his shotgun malfunctioned.

Gary Finch, 67, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following the dispute near his property at Big Horn Drive in Austin, Texas.

The Travis County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident around 9.30 a.m. on June 1 after receiving a call from Finch complaining that his neighbors were trespassing on his property and dumping an unknown liquid into a drain, reports CBS Austin.

According to an affidavit, Finch warned the dispatch caller that he was looking for a firearm and was going to shoot his neighbors if they came back.

"Here they are, they are coming out, and I'm going to shoot them," Finch said.

Finch allegedly returned to the line around 45 seconds later and added: "I tried to shoot. But I couldn't get it to work."

According to the Austin American-Statesman, the couple told police that the previous tenants of their home had moved out without draining the washing machine water, which was full of dog hair.

The neighbors said they decided the pour the water down the drain near Finch's house rather than risk clogging up any of their lines as their property is on septic.

The couple said the 67-year-old aimed the gun and yelled at them, with one round ejected after he fired. He then attempted to manipulate the shotgun so he could fire again as the neighbors ran back inside their own home.

Finch does not have any authority over the drain near his home, reports the Statesman.

During a search of Finch's home, deputies recovered a .410 shotgun and three shotgun rounds.

Following his arrest, Finch was booked into the Travis County Jail on second-degree felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at $20,000.

The incident occurred after a woman was shot at an apartment last week in southwest Austin following a home invasion.

According to police, three people broke into the women's home at an apartment complex on on Sunnyvale Street on the morning of May 28 and shot her twice with a semi-automatic handgun.

The victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, reports Spectrum News.

Police are still searching for the suspects, described only as two males and one female. A motive for the attack is still unclear.

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Police attend an incident at a street in Austin, Texas on March 12, 2018. An Austin man has been arrested after admitting he tried to shoot his neighbors but the gun malfunctioned. AFP/SUZANNE CORDEIRO