The father had been involved in domestic disputes, but police wouldn't say what the motive was.
A St. Paul teenager shot and killed his father as the man tried to return home after a family dispute, St. Paul police said.
The running argument in the Gaither family Saturday eventually became focused between 18-year-old Amaris Gaither and his father, 45-year-old Anthony Gaither, said police spokesman Sgt. Paul Schnell. The elder Gaither left the house briefly at one point and tried to return, Schnell said.
That's when his son allegedly went to get a handgun, came out to the front steps and fired multiple shots at his dad outside the family's duplex at 1165 Bush Av. about 1:30 p.m., police said.
St. Paul police revealed little new information Sunday about the shooting in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood.
"It ... ultimately became a deal where the father and son got into it, and it resulted in the shooting," Schnell said.
Police would not discuss the nature of the family dispute. Several family members, including young children, were home at the time.
The elder Gaither died at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. After the shooting, his son fled and was arrested several blocks away without incident.
Anthony Gaither has had several contacts with police for domestic assault and violation of no-contact orders, according to records. None of the domestic cases appeared to have involved his son, Schnell said.
The shooting Saturday did not appear to be a case of self-protection, Schnell said.
Police are reviewing surveillance video from a neighbor's security camera, but Schnell would not say what is on the footage.
Reached at the family's home Sunday, another member of the family said he could not comment on pending possible legal action against Amaris Gaither. Schnell said possible charges won't be presented to the county attorney until Tuesday because of the holiday Monday.
Gaither's death was St. Paul's sixth homicide this year.
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