Sheriff Larry Amerson said deputies were called to a residence on Red Eagle Road in Ohatchee at around noon Friday. They found a 26-year-old man lying on the ground, shot in the upper-left portion of his chest with a single bullet from a handgun, Amerson said.
According to the sheriff, the suspect’s father told deputies he heard an altercation inside his home and walked in to find his son attacking his wife, who is also the suspect’s mother.
Amerson said that when the father tried to separate the suspect from the mother, the suspect struck the father repeatedly in the face.
The son was airlifted to a Birmingham hospital and his mother was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where she was treated for a broken leg as well as torn ligaments in her leg, Amerson said.
State law requires investigators to determine a primary aggressor in such cases, Amerson said, and given the evidence and reports by the parents, deputies believe the son to be the primary aggressor.
Amerson said deputies did not arrest the father, and whether he broke the law during the incident must be determined by a grand jury.
The suspect faces domestic violence charges, Amerson said, and he is charged with harassing communications after the suspect called his parents from the hospital threatening to kill them.
Amerson said Monday afternoon that deputies transported the suspect to the Calhoun County Jail. Bond is set at $50,000.
“It's certainly an unusual call,” Amerson said. “Where a man is assaulting both of his parents, it’s the kind of case we take very serious, and we will be delivering a report to the district attorney's office.”
Amerson said the parents told deputies their son was living with them after recently being released from prison.
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