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Cresskill PD: Father Shot With Pepper-Spray Capsule, Son Jailed

William D'Angelo
William D'Angelo Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy CRESSKILL PD

CRESSKILL, N.J. -- A dispute turned dangerous when a Cresskill man shot his father in the chest from close range with a pepper-spray capsule, authorities said.

The argument escalated around 2 p.m. Thursday when William D'Angelo, 27, retrieved an air-soft pepper spray gun and fired it at his father, Sgt. Jason Lanzilotti told Daily Voice.

The older man was hospitalized with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening, he said.

The incident was reported to police around 7 p.m., the sergeant said.

Two hours later, D'Angelo was taken into custody at his mother's Harrington Park home by Lt. Bert Looby, Detective Charles Franke, Officers Evan Triveri and Richard Solow and Lanzilotti, the sergeant said.

D'Angelo was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and having the weapon without a permit.

Because of the severity of the charges, a judge ordered him held in the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing.

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