A Washington DC police officer who was caught on video last winter brandishing his gun at a snowball fight has blamed anarchist panic for his actions.

Detective Michael Baylor was driving home in his Hummer last December 19 when his car was pelted with snowballs. Amateur video later posted on the internet showed him standing in the street with a gun in his hand, calling for backup.

Baylor told investigators that he “got scared and drew his weapon” because he “believed the group were anarchists.”