Police: Man threatened to shoot neighbor’s father over parking dispute

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) – Fall River police have arrested a man who they say threatened to shoot his neighbor’s father over a parking dispute.

The alleged victim told police she had just sat down in her car last Wednesday and was adjusting her seat when her neighbor, Francis Dowling, demanded she move the vehicle. 

The 47-year-old woman said she told Dowling she would be leaving soon after she was finished adjusting her seat. Police said Dowling then became angry and repeated his demands.

According to police, the woman told Dowling that if her father were there, he would not be speaking to her in this tone. Dowling then told the woman that if her father were there he would “put a .38 caliber bullet in his head.”

At this point, police said the victim retreated into her home to report Dowling. When she returned to her car later, police said her windshield was cracked.

When officers arrived on scene, Dowling became belligerent and would not allow them to check him for weapons, according to police. The officers then took him into custody.

During the investigation, police said they learned Dowling’s license to carry was expired, meaning all of his weapons would have to be confiscated. Dowling told police he had a .38 caliber revolver under his pillow, and police were able to locate that gun and several other firearms in his home.

Dowling was charged with vandalizing property, threat to commit a crime, interfering with a police officer, possession of a large capacity firearm, improper storage of a large capacity firearm and several additional firearms-related charges.

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