SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Northern California authorities have arrested a 31-year-old Alabama man for allegedly wielding a machete after an argument over dog feces.

The Marin Independent Journal reports that the Thursday altercation occurred in Dogtown, an unincorporated community in western Marin County.

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Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman said the suspect was with a group of tourists, and had let his dog out of the car.

The dog defecated. A resident came out to complain and the two argued. The man went to his car and came back with a two-foot machete, Pittman said. The suspect allegedly made a swiping motion with the machete.

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The resident called police, who tracked down the suspect at a nearby beach parking lot.

The man said he got the machete because he feared for his safety.

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