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Azle man accused of shooting at neighbor on a riding lawn mower

An Azle man was in custody Thursday, accused of shooting at a neighbor who was on a riding lawn mower going to his mailbox.

Ernest B. Stasulli, 66, told a Parker County sheriff’s deputy that he fired one shot in the air “to scare” his neighbor, according to an arrest report.

A deputy responded to call of a person with a weapon shortly before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of Spring Valley Circle.

The neighbor told the deputy that Stasulli began yelling at him as he passed Stasulli’s home. He said Stasulli was hiding behind a tree with a rifle. A .22-caliber rifle was later recovered from Stasulli.

On the way to the mailbox, Stasulli fired two to three shots in the air, the neighbor told the deputy. On the way back home, Stasulli pointed the rifle at him and fired two to three more rounds.

Stasulli told the deputy that he fired only one blank round in the air and that he did not have any live ammunition, according to the report. But the deputy found numerous loose .22-caliber bullets and a full box of bullets.

Stasulli was arrested without incident and remained in the Parker County Jail Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bail, facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr