Racine police say a 43-year-old man is facing gun charges after he pointed a gun at a teenager Tuesday after the boy was in a physical fight with his girlfriend.

Mario Canino-Morales, of Racine, was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with two misdemeanor counts of pointing a firearm at another person and one misdemeanor count disorderly conduct with use of a dangerous weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 21 months in prison and/or up to $21,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called Tuesday to a home on the north side for a report of a fight in progress. When police arrived, they found five people in the driveway yelling in Spanish. They separated two male subjects – one of whom was Canino-Morales and the other was a 15-year-old boy – and questioned each of them. The boy said Canino-Morales had a gun and had pointed it at him.

Officers say a witness told them the boy and his girlfriend had been arguing all day and that the boy has been physical with the girl in the past. After the girl called someone to get a ride home, Canino-Morales hit the boy and started yelling at him. The boy grabbed a knife and swung it at the defendant, and Canino-Morales pulled out a gun and pointed it at the boy. Someone stepped between them blocking Canino-Morales’ aim at the boy.

The defendant told police that when he arrived at the residence, he heard the boy yelling at the girl so he pulled the boy away, slapped him and told him to be respectful. Canino-Morales said he pushed the boy onto a table and saw a gun in the boy’s pocket, so he removed it and put it in his waistband, then left the residence with other people in the home started to advance on him.

Canino-Morales remains in the Racine County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond and is ordered to not have any contact with the boy. He will next be in court May 26 for a pre-trial conference.

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