A 45-year-old man was arrested and charged with menacing and illegal gun possession after he flashed a handgun during an argument involving his teenage daughter Sunday night in Hempstead Village, police said.
David W. Randall, of 2799 Milburn Ave., Baldwin, showed a gun and, referring to his daughter, said, "I could have shot her," police said.
Randall was charged with second-degree menacing and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, Nassau Police Third Squad detectives said.
The incident was reported to the police at 10:25 p.m.
Randall was outside a Fulton Avenue home when he began arguing with his 17-year-old daughter, detectives said. When the argument escalated, the girl's mother, 39, came outside and confronted Randall, police said.
"At this time he stated 'I could have shot her,' and displayed a silver handgun" to the woman, who is his ex-wife, a police news release said.
Randall then ran off, headed south on Meadowbrook Road toward Front Street where a Hempstead Village police officer saw him throw a silver handgun into a rear yard on Front Street, police said. The police later found a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun there.
There were no initial reports of injuries.
Randall faced arraignment Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.