Man Charged For Shooting Father-In-Law In Carteret County

Lawmen say a family feud turned into an accidental shooting early Saturday morning.

43-year-old Stephen Starnes is in the Carteret County jail after deputies say he and his wife got in an argument. Investigators say Mrs. Starnes called her dad to come pick her up, and her father came with a revolver.

Deputies say Starnes and his father-in-law struggled over the gun when the .22 caliber revolver went off and shot the father-in-law in his leg.

The victim is expected to recover while Starnes in in jail under a $10,000 bond, charged with assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury.


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  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Jan 2, 2012 at 03:43 AM
    OK I think I get it now, why the dude was arrested... If I got the info correctly, they wrestled about the gun, then the son in law got the gun, and then, danger to him over, he fired into the leg of the wife's pappy. I first thought the gun went off during the scuffle, which would/should be a whole different wad of beeswax. Again- I may have not gotten the info right...
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      by Michell on Jan 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM in reply to ralphie
      If that is the case, WITN needs to seriously rewrite their article. The tagline states, "Lawmen say a family feud turned into an accidental shooting early Saturday morning in Carteret County". I'm keying in on the term "accidental" shooting. So this is either seriously poor reporting or a serious error on the parts of Cartaret County law enforcement.
  • by Kathy on Jan 1, 2012 at 04:11 PM
    Now I'm usually on the side of the woman. BUT, if she thought she was in danger, she should have called 911, not her aging father. What about the castle doctrine? The defendant was defending himself in his own house. Just because it was not his gun, he was trying to neutralize the situation and take the gun away from the father-in-law. The father-in-law should not have brought the gun and he would not be shot in the leg and the son-in-law would not be in jail! It does not matter what the situation was, if he was beating his wife, she could have called 911 easier than her dad. This is the stupidest case I have ever seen. Also, it is my belief that if a woman stays with a man after he hurts her one time, she deserves everything she gets after that. I know this from experience, intimate experience.
  • by Mom Location: NC on Jan 1, 2012 at 01:32 PM
    There starting off the new year with a BANG! Bahahaha I am sorry, I couldnt help myself.
  • by james brown Location: georgia on Jan 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM
    now the father in law can get up on the good foot.
  • by Greg Location: craven on Jan 1, 2012 at 11:44 AM
    Father's day may be a lonely day in 2012.
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Jan 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    Please, WITN, a follow-up story, or get some more answers from the badges... was the guy on drugs? Was he beating his wife? Were they drunk?
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      by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2012 at 04:21 AM in reply to ralphie
      You don't actually expect more from this site, do you?
  • by Wife on Jan 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM
    Moral: A wife should not call her Daddy when arguing with her husband!
  • by pitt Location: pitt on Jan 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    Another site said he shot his father inlaw after he got control of the gun...
  • by Colonel Colt on Jan 1, 2012 at 08:43 AM
    Never pull a gun unless you intend on using it.
  • by dud on Jan 1, 2012 at 08:19 AM
    poorly written article...
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      by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2012 at 04:20 AM in reply to dud
      Most of WITN's articles are slapped together. I go elsewhere for the news, and only come here for a good laugh. WITN has no clue when it comes to news. They apparently think more is better, even though most of what they post is pointless.
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