Man faces attempted murder charge in Aitkin County

Andrew Riley O’Neil is accused of pointing a gun at his father, pulling the trigger four times but the gun never fired.

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AITKIN — A 32-year-old man faces a second-degree attempted murder charge after allegedly telling a deputy he pointed a gun at his father and pulled the trigger four times, but the gun never went off.

The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office reported a 911 dispatcher received a call Nov. 6 from a woman reporting she had received a call from her son Andrew Riley O’Neil telling her he had just killed his dad and was on the way to get her. Deputies, familiar with O’Neil from previous incidents, responded to the father’s residence.

While en route, deputies located O’Neil near a stalled vehicle on Highway 47, displaying assaultive behavior toward a woman who stopped to help him. O’Neil was immediately arrested. Subsequent to his arrest, O’Neil told a deputy he pointed the gun at his father and pulled the trigger four times but the gun never went off, the sheriff’s office reported.

An amended complaint was filed Monday, Dec. 7, in Aitkin County District Court charging O’Neil with numerous felonies including:

  • Second-degree attempted murder,

  • Being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition,

  • Second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon,

  • Making threats of violence,

  • Being an unauthorized user of a motor vehicle, and

  • First-degree criminal property damage.

He was also charged with four misdemeanors. O’Neil has remained in custody since his arrest, the sheriff’s office reported.


Andrew Riley O'Neil
Andrew Riley O'Neil

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