Man who allegedly beat father, shot himself at Walmart remains critical

Rain Smith • Jun 23, 2010 at 2:20 AM

The man who allegedly beat his father with a steel bar in Mount Carmel, then shot himself in the head when approached by Kingsport police, remains in critical condition.

Andrew S. Hurd, 20, of 127 Richmond Drive, Duffield, suffered the self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday morning at Walmart, 3200 Fort Henry Drive. On Wednesday afternoon Wellmont spokesman Jim Wozniak said Hurd's still hospitalized in critical condition at Holston Valley Medical Center.

According to KPD Capt. Ed Swayze, police were called to Walmart by a citizen who saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's, a tan 1969 Plymouth Valiant. 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.

Hurd was wanted by Mount Carmel police on charges of especially aggravated burglary, especially aggravated assault and especially aggravated robbery.

Saturday night Hurd's father reported 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 then fled to a neighbor's home for help, while his son allegedly left the residence with two of his father's pistols.

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