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Police: Father Shoots Son During Argument

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BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)-- A father and son are in the hospital after a fight turned into a shooting. 

It happened around 2:30 Friday morning at a home on Roger Mill Road.

Kentucky State Police say the adult son called 911 right around 2:20 a.m. saying he had been shot. 

The preliminary investigation reveals that James Ross was returning home and had backed into a wood pile on the property and had knocked it over. His father, Ernest Ross, 49,  who was outside drinking, got upset and began a verbal argument with his son. Police say Ernest then began to physically assault his son with the stock of a .22 long rifle. While James was trying to disarm Ernest the rifle discharged and struck James in the left knee. After being shot James was able to get the gun away from Ernest and defend himself until KSP Troopers arrived on scene.

"There was alcohol involvement," said Trooper Charles Loudermilk. "At this time it's still an ongoing investigation. There may be more to release at a later time as far as what the altercation started over. But at this time it was heavily alcohol."

Both men were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

After being released from the hospital Ernest Ross was arrested and charged with Assault 1stDegree and Assault 4th

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