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Amherst Township man arrested for firing toward father


AMHERST TWP. — An Amherst Township man has been arrested after sheriff's deputies say he fired a gun into his basement floor while arguing with his father.

Richard Adams, 34, is charged with domestic violence, aggravated assault and discharging a firearm into a habitation.

His father, whose name is also Richard Adams, called deputies to the Middle Ridge Road home where he's been staying with his son's family about 9 p.m. last night, according to a report from the Lorain County Sheriff's Office.

The elder Adams, who said he'd been staying at the home for two months, said his son had begun to yell at him for not watching his grandson and told him to get out. Adams Sr. said he went to the basement to get his clothes, but his son followed him with a handgun, which he fired into the floor, telling him to "Get the (expletive) out!"

Deputies arrived at the home and determined no one was there.

Deputies were eventually able to make contact by phone with Adams Jr., who said he went to his mother's house in Westlake to say goodbye to his wife and children because he believed he was about to be arrested.

He asked to meet deputies at the South Amherst police station but later showed up at the Amherst police station, where he was taken into custody, the report said.

The younger Adams told deputies that his father has a substance abuse problem and that he was letting him stay with him on the condition he help with watching his children. He said he returned from a business trip last week, and his wife told him his father had not helped around the house or with the children.

He said he had put off having a conversation with his father for days but decided to do so while his wife and children were at a dance class.

He said his father became upset when he tried to talk to him and then pushed him and swore at him before going to the basement. He said his father also threatened to make up a story and tell his wife he was "using" again.

Adams Jr. said that as his father continued making spiteful comments about his wife and children, he "lost it," grabbing his Sig Sauer handgun and loading it.

He said he went to the basement, where his father was getting items out of a closet, pointed the gun to the floor and fired one round, yelling "Get the (expletive) out!"

Deputies found the gun under a mattress and discovered bullet holes in the floor and drywall of the home, the report said.

The younger Adams was taken to the Lorain County Jail.

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