UGLY: Father Shoots Son To Protect Wife - Oak Grove, AL
Oak Grove, Alabama man shoots son - al.com
Wow, what a tough situation. How was dad still sleeping while his wife was being beaten and the girl stabbed? Must be a sound sleeper. Must tear one's heart in two knowing that the right thing to do is to shoot your own son.
An Oak Grove man shot his son late Wednesday after authorities say the son attacked his mother with a broomstick and then stabbed his girlfriend.
Colter Roberts, 21, was in stable condition at UAB Hospital with two wounds from his father's 12-gauge shotgun, said Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Randy Christian.
Deputies received a 911 hang-up call from a home on Camp Oliver Road just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The dispatcher tried to call the number but got no answer. While deputies were en route, someone called back, screaming that a father had to shoot his son who was attacking the family, Christian said.
Investigators say Colter Roberts had first attacked his 48-year-old mother with his fists and then beat her with the broomstick. He then went after his 30-year-old girlfriend with a knife.
Colter Roberts' 7-year-old sister was in the home, but not injured, Christian said.
Colter Roberts then ran from the kitchen into a hallway with a knife, screaming that he was going to kill everyone in the house. He also used the knife to slash the walls of the hallway and headed into the bedroom where his father was sleeping.
Van Roberts, 48, tried to talk to his son, but told police his efforts were unsuccessful. He described his son as "a madman running at him with a knife, screaming," Christian said.
Van Roberts grabbed his shotgun and warned his son, but the son failed to drop the knife. Van Roberts fired one shot, striking his son in the arm.
Colter Roberts continued with the attack, and his father fired another shot, striking him in the torso, Christian said. Colter Roberts has a history of drug abuse and violence, Christian said.
Information on the incident will be given to the Bessemer Cutoff district attorney's office for review, but Christian said Van Roberts wasn't arrested and it appears to be a clear case of self-defense.