SPOKANE, Wash. – A mother said Wednesday that her teenage son was walking their family dog in Spokane when a man pulled a gun on him.

The mom, Tammy Mitchell, said her 16-year-old son was walking around the neighborhood of East Pacific Avenue and South Havana Street with their dog when her son heard a man and a woman arguing in a parked minivan. Mitchell said the man then noticed her son looking at them and then pulled out the gun.

Mitchell called Spokane Police and gave a report over the phone. Police said being a good witness is almost always better than putting yourself at risk.

“I moved from California to get away from this kind of stuff,” she said.

Mitchell said she has lived in the neighborhood for six years and has never had to deal with anything like this.

"He just looked at my son and said what the [expletive] are you looking at and blah, blah, blah," she said.

Words were exchanged between the two and that is when Mitchell said the man pulled out the gun, aiming it right at her son's face.

"Mama bear came out and I was ready to tear the guy apart and I didn't care if I was going to get shot in the process," she said.

Mitchell said the guy took off from the curb before she could get a good look at his license plate. She also said she did not get a good description, but was still hoping police could do something.

"My son is 16-years-old," she said. "Our kids are not safe in this neighborhood anymore."

Spokane Police said if someone is in this situation they would rather them be a good witness.

  • Get a good description of the suspect
  • Get the license plate number and the make and model of the car
  • Most of all though, stay back, even if it means letting the criminals get away