KINGSPORT — The man accused of beating his father with a steel bar on Father’s Day eve is in critical condition after shooting himself in the head while being approached by Kingsport police.
The incident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. at Walmart, 3200 Fort Henry Drive. Police were called to the store by a citizen who saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's, a tan 1969 Plymouth Valiant.
Kingsport police arrived to find the car parked in the front right corner of the lot. According to KPD Capt. Ed Swayze, two officers approached to find the doors locked and someone moving inside beneath a seat cover.
When the individual refused to open the doors officers broke out a window to gain entry. Swayze said the subject then raised up, placed the barrel of a gun beneath his chin and pulled the trigger.
Mount Carmel police were called to the scene, and the man has been identified as Andrew S. Hurd, 20, of 127 Richmond Drive, Duffield. He is wanted in Hawkins County after allegedly beating and robbing his father, Clint Hurd, at 10 p.m. Sunday.
Following the shooting Andrew Hurd was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center. On Tuesday afternoon Wellmont spokesman Jim Wozniak said he is in critical condition.
Saturday night Hurd's father told Mount Carmel police he heard a knock at the door of his home, 331 Ellis Lane. When he answered he was allegedly hit in the head with what appeared to be a stick.
Clint Hurd told police he was able to fight off the assailant, who was wearing a blue mask over his face. He reported that during the assault he tore the mask off his attacker, revealing the face of his son.
The fight allegedly progressed from the living room to the bedroom, then ended in the bedroom closet where the elder Hurd keeps his guns.
"(Clint Hurd) stated Andrew was reaching for one of the guns," Moffitt said. "He stated he was in fear for his life, so he ran to a neighbor’s house for help."
When police arrived to the scene Andrew Hurd was gone and Clint Hurd was bleeding from his mouth and nose. A subsequent search found a steel bar wrapped with a towel and electric tape on the end, two gloves and a blue shirt with holes cut in it, apparently used as the mask.
A red toolbox containing two pistols was also discovered missing from the residence.
Andrew Hurd is facing charges of especially aggravated burglary, especially aggravated assault and especially aggravated robbery.