Maryville man charged with murder in son's shooting

Maryville man charged with murder in son's shooting

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John Tilden Kirkland (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) John Tilden Kirkland (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

MARYVILLE (WATE) - The Blount County Sheriff's Office says a Maryville man who was shot by his father has died. Now the father is facing murder charges.

The shooting happened on February 5 on Andrew Way in Maryville.

Officials say John Kirkland, 64, shot his son Christopher Kirkland, 44.

Christopher Kirkland was taken to UT Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the chest. Officials say he died early Saturday morning.

John Kirkland was originally charged with aggravated assault, but is now charged with murder. He is currently in custody at the Blount County Correctional Facility.

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