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Artavious Malone, 16, Allegedly Attempted To Murder Estranged Dad, Archie Moore, After Chance Liquor Store Meeting

Artavious Malone

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 12/05/12 EST Updated: 12/05/12 EST

It was a family reunion that almost ended in murder.

When Artavious Malone, 16, of Wellington, Fla., accidentally ran into his estranged father, Archie Malone, on Nov. 9, there were no hugs.

Instead, the teenager allegedly fired at least four shots at his father, who ran up the street to flee the bullets, according to NBCMiami.com.

Father and son have reportedly had a distant relationship since the father sent the son to a juvenile center for his behavior a few years ago, according to a police report filed by the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Dept.

But the liquor store reunion was strictly coincidental, according to the report. Archie Malone thought his son was in town for a high school football game.

There was immediate tension between the two, according to the Florida Sun-Sentinel, which started when Artavious bumped his dad in the shoulder, knocking Archie off-balance. He responded by smacking his son in the face.

At that point, Artavious left the liquor store, went to his car and that's when he allegedly started firing the gun at his dad.

The suspect told police that he didn't fire the shots and just heard them when he was outside, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Nevertheless, he was arrested and charged as an adult for attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a Florida delinquent, according to the Palm Beach Post.

He remains at the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was booked Friday.