Kingsport woman allegedly shoots at son, charged with attempted murder

Rain Smith • Dec 10, 2012 at 9:32 AM

A 63-year-old Kingsport woman has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly firing a gun at her son to "scare" him away from her home.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reports the incident occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday at 144 Brooklawn Drive. An affidavit states the victim had lived at the residence with his mother, Wilma Harrison, since April, but came home to find the deadbolt was locked and he couldn't get in.

According to the 39-year-old man's statements to police, Harrison yelled from inside for him to leave. The two allegedly communicated through text message, with Harrison placing some of her son's possessions outside another door at the back porch.

An affidavit states that when the man grabbed the items and began walking up the driveway he heard a gunshot. Deputies responded to speak with Harrison, who reportedly denied having a gun.

When police observed a pistol setting on her coffee table, and bullet hole in the wall next to the door, she allegedly admitted firing a shot to scare her son away because, "he wouldn't leave."

Harrison was arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder. While being transported to the jail in Blountville she reportedly requested a patrol check of her residence, saying her other son would, "take care of the situation."

The victim in the alleged shooting incident talked to investigators at the Sheriff's Office and returned to the home. A police report says his brother, Steven Harrison, 38, was waiting on him and a physical altercation ensued.

Deputies responded to the residence a second time, in this incident arresting Steven Harrison. He was charged with simple assault against his brother.

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