An Alabama grand jury indicted a man police say shot his mother earlier this year during an argument.
According to the Florence Times Daily, 40-year-old Lee Allen Martin Jr. was arrested and charged with attempted murder after his mother was shot once in the leg in February. If convicted of the felony, he could face between 10 years and life in prison.
Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Richard Richey, who was present at the arrest, said at the time that police believed the shooting — and the argument that led up to it — stemmed from the 62-year-old victim’s criticism of her son’s alcohol consumption.
“The lady was concerned about his drinking and apparently he got mad about it, got a gun and told her he was going to kill her,” Richey said. “Then shot her in the leg.”
As WHNT reported at the time, he said the threats only continued from there.
“He then told her he was going to kill her, that he was going to shoot her in the head, and ordered her to shut her eyes,” Richey said. “When she refused, he gave her the gun and told her to shoot him.”
With gun in hand, police said she was able to escape the home and receive treatment for her injuries.
“She shot two rounds of the rifle into the ground, dropped the rifle and ran to the end of the driveway, where she met deputies,” Richey said.
Meanwhile, authorities were contacting the suspect inside the home.
“It was obvious he had been drinking,” Richey said, “but I told him we needed to end this peacefully so no one else got hurt. Thankfully, he did that.”
Police say Martin’s 14-year-old son was inside the home at the time of the shooting attempting to reason with his father.
When Martin refused to stop, Richie said, “the boy ran out of the house, ran to a neighbor’s and called for help.”
Martin has been released from jail on $15,000 bail and his arraignment is set for Oct. 25.
[Featured image: Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office]