A 14-year-old Madison boy is facing disorderly conduct charges after police said he threatened a neighbor with a 41-inch sword.
The teen lives in the 6400 block of Bettys Lane on Madison's west side.
Police said a neighbor boy, who is also 14, chased a ball into the suspect's yard. The neighbor said the suspect pointed the sword's tip at his neck and threatened him as he grabbed the ball from under a bush.
The victim told investigators that he feared he would be killed.
The suspect claimed he was acting in self defense. He was arrested on disorderly conduct charges and was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center.