Police say Anderson witnessed Tarek run out of his back door and into the woods. Anderson says Christina told him that Tarek had a gun. Police say they received a report of a “possibly suicidal man with a gun” in May of 2016.
Anderson is a contractor who has worked with El Moussa before, and was at the home of one of their neighbors when he saw Tarek leave, TMZ reports. A few months after the incident, he and Christina started dating.
Tarek, meanwhile, has made his first public social media posts since news of the split broke, according to People. He shared an update via an Instagram photo of himself and six-year-old daughter, Taylor.
“Me and the #love of my life #crushing it!!!” He wrote, “It’s been a #crazy few days, but we #love our kids soooo #much!! My #heart and #soul.”
In a statement to People, the couple said their separation was “in the best interests of our children and the best way to determine a path forward.” They also called the police incident in May “an unfortunate misunderstanding.”
“There was no violence, and no charges were filed,” they said. “Tarek was going on a hike and took the gun for protection from mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes and rattlesnakes.”
The couple’s reality design show is currently in the middle of its sixth season and production will continue as scheduled through the separation.