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Police: Avondale man shoots brother after dispute over food container

Posted at 3:39 PM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 17:45:57-05

Authorities say a man has been arrested for shooting his brother after a dispute over a food storage container.

In court paperwork, Avondale police say 44-year-old John Murillo had an argument via text messages with his 46-year-old brother Anthony because John had used Anthony's "Tupperware-type dish."

When Anthony came home to the house the two shared near 103rd Avenue and Encanto Boulevard, he went and knocked on John's bedroom door about the fight.

Police say John fired several shots through the bedroom door, striking Anthony several times.

He was taken to the hospital and was listed in stable condition.

Police say John Murillo admitted to shooting his brother after an argument, though he said it was over cleaning the kitchen. He added that he feared for his life because Anthony is a black belt and threatened to hurt him, according to court paperwork.

Murillo has been charged with one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct involving a weapon and discharging a firearm within city limits, all felonies.

A judge set his bond at $20,000. Online jail records indicated he remained in custody as of Monday afternoon.