RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Grainger County man has been charged with attempted murder after deputies say he shot his father Thursday morning.
Officers say William Gregg, 32, shot his father, Raymond Gregg, 70, in the face after an argument over a handgun.
Raymond Gregg's wife, Pat, was at the home when she says the two men started arguing over a handgun.
"I ran over there to see what was going on, and I heard a 'Pow'! And he (Raymond) said, Pat, call 9-11. He shot me," Pat explained.
Raymond Gregg was flown to UT Medical Center where he is in critical condition.
The shooting happened around 5:00 a.m. on Cockrum Road in Rutledge.
Just after the 911 call from the Cockrum Road home, a neighbor called police to say a man was trying to get into her home.
Buck Perry said he heard the commotion of William Gregg trying to break into his neighbor's home, so he came running over from his house, and forced Gregg on the ground at gunpoint until police arrived.
"He tried to get up, and I told him, please stay down on the ground," Perry said. "I said, don't get up, I am armed, and will protect myself."
Officers found a gun outside that home and arrested William Gregg.
Along with the attempted murder charge, William Gregg is also charged with aggravated assault, attempted aggravated burglary and criminal trespassing.
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