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Father pulls assault rifle on daughter

Kirill Bartashevitch, 51, of St. Paul, was charged in Ramsey County District Court with two felony counts of terroristic threats after alleging pointing the gun at his daughter, 15, and his wife during an argument at their house on Jan. 17.

The incident came to light at Central High School when a social worker received a report from a parent who said she had been monitoring her son’s electronic communications when she saw a message from the girl. Bartashevitch had recently purchased the rifle out of fear that such guns soon will be banned, the complaint said.

— Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

He admitted to St. Paul police that he had pointed the gun at his wife and daughter but said it wasn’t loaded and he had checked the chamber beforehand.

The mother verified her daughter’s account of the incident, but also said that when she tried to protect the girl, her husband pushed her to the floor. Bartashevitch then ordered the girl to her bedroom.

When police executed a search warrant at the residence they recovered 9mm ammunition and two receipts documenting the sale of two rifles to gun shops.

The girl has been taken to a shelter, the complaint said.

Bartashevitch is scheduled to appear in court Friday. Bail is to be set at $20,000.

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