“I got a little nervous at that point and fled to my room … and I got my gun,” he said. O’Neal said his son began to come up the stairs with the poker. “So I just fired it into the banister, and that scared him and he fled,” he said. The father and son have clashed before. In 1983, police were called to their home after a fight in which O’Neal knocked out two of Griffin’s teeth, the Los Angeles Times reported. No charges were filed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ryan O’Neal says his weekend arrest came after he fired a gun in self-defense to prevent his son from whacking him with a fireplace poker. According to a published report, the actor said that he arrived at his Malibu home Saturday night after celebrating with a group of friends, including his former girlfriend Farrah Fawcett. They had been celebrating Fawcett’s 60th birthday and that she is cancer-free after four months of treatment. O’Neal’s son Griffin, 42, who has a history of alcohol and drug problems, was visiting the Malibu house. O’Neal said Griffin grabbed a fireplace poker and started swinging it, grazing him four or five times. He “aimed at my head, I ducked, he hit his own girlfriend in the head,” O’Neal, 65, told the newspaper.