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St. Petersburg police search for gun they say son shot toward his dad

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are seeking the public's help in finding a gun they say a 22-year-old man fired toward his father during an argument Sunday.

Authorities believe Andrew Exposito, of 601 74th St. N, hid the gun after the dispute around 11:45 a.m. According to police, Exposito had agreed to pack his bags and leave following an argument with his dad, 45-year-old Adrian C. Exposito.

But the younger Exposito tried to leave with his father's laptop, so the older Exposito confronted him. The son refused to return the computer, pulled the gun from his pocket and fired a round at the ground near his father's feet, authorities said.

Fragments or bits of asphalt hit the father in the leg, causing "very minor" injuries, police said.

Andrew Exposito later was located near the Pinellas Trail at Seventh Avenue N and 70th Street and arrested on charges of aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

However, authorities say, he denied firing the weapon and has refused to disclose its location.

"Officers are concerned of the potential for (a) child to find the gun if not located by a responsible authority beforehand," St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz said in a statement.

Last May, Andrew Exposito was arrested following a standoff with a SWAT team at the home. He had barricaded himself inside and threatened to set the house on fire, police said.

He served jail time on a count of threatening to deploy a destructive device, and was released from the Pinellas County Jail in February.

Anyone with information about the missing gun is asked to call the St. Petersburg Police Department at (727) 893-7780.

St. Petersburg police search for gun they say son shot toward his dad 03/25/12 [Last modified: Sunday, March 25, 2012 11:06pm]
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