Jefferson City father charged for shooting son in head

Jefferson City father charged for shooting son in head

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According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, they received a call around 6 a.m. about a reported shooting at 375 E Dumplin Valley Road in Jefferson City. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, they received a call around 6 a.m. about a reported shooting at 375 E Dumplin Valley Road in Jefferson City.
Edward Bullard (source: JCSO) Edward Bullard (source: JCSO)
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) -  The Jefferson City father accused of shooting his own son in the head faces an aggravated assault charge. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, they received a call around 6 a.m. about a reported shooting at 375 E Dumplin Valley Road in Jefferson City.

Deputies say Edward Bullard, 69, of Jefferson City, called them to report he had shot his 45-year-old son who is not being named at this time.

Neighbors like Jenny Ryan are now keeping a closer eye on their children after hearing about the shooting in their neighborhood. 

"To think that it's only a couple doors down, something like that could happen and it does happen, it's a little scary and I don't think we've had a lot of time to process it," said Jenny Ryan of Jefferson City.  

Ryan has lived in the area for 8 years and says the family oriented neighborhood has never had an incident like this before, but that all changed around 6 a.m. 

Those living nearby were wondering what was going on. 


"We heard them hollering put your hands up. Guns were pointed. That's what prompted my wife to look through the window," said Joseph Donajkowski of Jefferson City.  

Jefferson County investigators say 69-year-old Edward Bullard called them to his home. They say Bullard shot his 45-year-old son in the head. His son's injuries were severe enough for Lifestar to transport him to UT Medical Center.

Bullard is now in custody. 


Neighbors say they didn't know the Bullard's very well. Instead, they say they kept to themselves.

"I do think as a mom, you kind of wonder how safe it is to be outside, but for this neighborhood, in particular, and living in Tennessee and East Tennessee, in particular, I feel like this is a safe neighborhood for my kids to grow up in." 

Parents in the neighborhood believe the shooting is an isolated incident. 

Bullard's bond is set at $50,000. Sheriff G.W. "Bud" McCoig tells 6 News Bullard's charge could be upgraded to criminal homicide if his son passes away.   


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