UNION CITY — A father upset with his daughter for being out late on prom night two nights earlier was arrested Monday after he fired a gun during the argument and nearly shot his wife, who had jumped in the way to protect the daughter, police said.

The single round was fired about 8:40 p.m. Monday outside the family's home on Becket Drive but did not hit anyone, Lt. Kelly Musgrove said.

The father, identified as 54-year-old Rufus Puckett Jr., was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said. He is scheduled to be arraigned today.

Police were dispatched to the home less than two minutes after receiving a call from the daughter. She used her cell phone to contact police while her father retreated inside the home with the weapon, Musgrove said.

When officers arrived, they surrounded the house. Within five minutes, the man emerged from the garage and was arrested at gunpoint.

Using an Alameda County Sheriff's Office search dog, police found the weapon hidden under some towels in the garage, the lieutenant said.

Police said the father and daughter had been arguing about the young woman being out late on "prom" night. Union City's James Logan High School held its Senior Ball on Saturday in San Francisco.

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