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Man arrested for shooting his brother in Crystal Beach

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Posted at 10:43 AM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 15:04:18-04

CRYSTAL BEACH, Fla. — Deputies arrested a man for shooting his brother in Crystal Beach early Saturday morning.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said it received a call from several residents saying they heard a gunshot around 12:02 a.m. at 22 Avery Avenue.

When deputies arrived, they found 36-year-old Ralph Paulk III with a life-threatening gunshot wound.

Detectives say a domestic argument between the victim and his 28-year-old brother, Alexander Paulk, occurred at the home.

During the brothers' argument, Alexander said he had something for his brother and pulled out a handgun. He then fired one round at his brother in the stomach, officials said.

Deputies say Alexander immediately left the home on foot but returned a short time later.

Detectives report Alexander said he did not know about the incident when initially questioned. They then arrested him for attempted murder and took him to the Pinellas County Jail.

Ralph Paulk is recovering at the hospital, according to the sheriff's office.

Editor's Note: The story has been corrected to reflect that Ralph Paulk has not died from his injuries as originally reported.