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Abingdon mechanic accused of pointing gun at customer during dispute

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An Abingdon auto mechanic was arrested Thursday for allegedly pulling out a gun during an argument with a customer, the Harford County Sheriff's Office reported.

Michael Beavers, 44, was allegedly arguing with a customer over a vehicle that was being repaired at about 10:42 a.m. at BWoody Performance, in the 1300 block of Continental Drive, according to the Sheriff's Office police report.

Beavers became concerned with threats allegedly made by the customer, 36-year-old Michael Anthony Smith of Flushing, N.Y., and retrieved a gun from inside his business; he allegedly pointed the gun at Smith, according to the Sheriff's report.

Smith saw Beavers with the gun and left the building, according to the report. 

"The argument was reported to be heated between the two and both parties were alleged to be pushing each other,"  Sheriff's Office spokesman Edward Hopkins said Friday.

The report does not say what threats Smith was alleged to have made, Hopkins said.

Deputies recovered an unloaded firearm from the business. After an investigation, Beavers was arrested and charged with first-degree assault. He was later released after posting $5,000 bond.

Smith has been charged in a criminal complaint with second-degree assault and trespassing, according to online court records. Beavers is named as the complainant.

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