Justin Bieber in Laser Tag Skirmish

10/18/2010 AT 11:45 AM EDT

Not everyone is game with pop's wonder boy – especially when there's laser tag involved.

Barely a month after a water balloon-chucking altercation piqued the attention of Maryland police, Justin Bieber had another brush with the law, this time in his homeland at a laser tag arcade.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating reports that a 12-year-old boy was punched in the face by Bieber, 16, while playing laser tag in Richmond, British Columbia, on Friday just before 5:30 p.m., reports the Vancouver Sun.

According to a statement by police about the assault allegations, the boy sustained minimal injuries and did not require medical attention at the time of the incident.


But Bieber supporters are coming to the pop sensation's defense, saying that he was, well, just defending himself in the spirit of the game after he found himself at the center of a full-fledged laser tag attack.

"Like any other kid playing laser tag, he just bolted right through the pack of kids and accidently hit one of the 12-year-old kids around the face area," Canadian blogger Zack Taylor, who first reported on the incident, told the Today Show on Monday.

And perhaps there was more to the attack than laser shots: According to the Today Show, reports have also alleged that Bieber may be the latest victim of bullying, saying the other players were taunting Bieber with homophobic remarks.

Staff members at the arcade told Taylor that Bieber admitted to police that he may have accidently pushed the boy while running away, and police let him go at the time of the incident.

Police have not confirmed the identity of either boy because of a Canadian law policy toward minors. Because the altercation is under investigation, charges can still be filed.

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