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Charges: Man pointed gun at dad, pulled trigger 4 times but it didn't go off

The incident happened in November, but charges were amended on Monday to include second-degree attempted murder.
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An Aitkin County man who was arrested last month has now been charged with the attempted murder of his father after he told deputies he pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger four times, but it failed to go off. 

Andrew Riley O'Neil, 32, of Aitkin, was charged with nine crimes on Nov. 9 in connection to the Nov. 6 incident. On Dec. 7, the complaint was amended, charging him with attempted second-degree murder, among other things, the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Monday. 

According to the Nov. 9 criminal complaint, at about 4:47 p.m. on Nov. 6, the sheriff's office got a call from a woman who said her son, Andrew O'Neil, called her and stated he had just killed his dad and was coming to get her.

Sheriff's deputies, who are familiar with Andrew O'Neil from prior incidents, responded to his father's home in Glen Township. While en route, they found O'Neil in a stalled vehicle on Highway 47 and he was arrested, the sheriff's office said. 

Prior to the deputies' arrival, a woman stopped at O'Neil's stalled vehicle to see if he needed help, charges state. The witness told investigators that O'Neil scared her, noting he flicked her glasses off her face and smacked her phone out of her hand. 

After he was arrested, O'Neil told deputies his dad had come home and was trying to kill him, so he took a gun and pointed it at him, telling him to run, the complaint says. He said he pulled the trigger four times, but the gun didn't go off. 

Deputies spoke to O'Neil's father, who said he thought his son was going to kill him, noting he ended up going into the woods and hiding behind some trees. His son then dropped the gun and drove off in his vehicle. 

O'Neil's dad had reported the day before that he didn't feel safe in his home with his son there. He also said O'Neil damaged things at the home, including a wall, garage door and a vehicle. 

O'Neil has been in custody since his Nov. 6 arrest. The sheriff's office says the charges against him include attempted second-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, second-degree assault, threats of violence, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree criminal damage to property, and four misdemeanor charges. 

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