Father reportedly tells deputy he shot at his son to “Teach him a lesson”

HARRISON, Tennessee(WDEF) – A Harrison man who was arrested for assault told police that he shot at his son to “teach him a lesson.”

James Watkins, 51, was arrested Sunday night and charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

Hamilton County deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 7400 block of Pamela Drive to respond to a call about a disorder with a weapon involved. But the response became more serious when another 911 caller told dispatch that shots were fired at that address.

According to the arrest affidavit, Watkins told deputies that he was having an argument with his son. He wanted his son off the property so he walked into his house, grabbed his handgun and fired a shot toward his son.

According to deputies, Watkins said he fired the shot at his son to “teach him a lesson.” He also told deputies that although he fired the shot, he didn’t intend to hit his son.

During their investigation, deputies noticed that Watkins had been drinking prior to their arrival and may have been under the influence of alcohol when he fired at his son.

While Watkins was being transported to the Hamilton County Jail, he reportedly told a deputy that he fired the gun because he was “afraid for his life and that his son was a constant problem.”

But the deputy noted in his report that the statement made about fearing for his life contradicted an early statement of “teaching him a lesson.”

Watkins remains in jail on a $15,000 bond.

He’s due court on November 9.

Watkins is no stranger to trouble involving alcohol. He’s been convicted three times for DUI.

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