One Man in Custody after Kemper County Shooting

A Kemper County man is behind bars Wednesday night after being shot by his step-father in Preston.

Sheriff James Moore says John Pitts is in jail on charges of simple assault and disturbance of a family.

Sheriff Moore says Pitts was attempting to break in his step-father's house through a window this morning, when the step-father shot him. Pitts was treated and released for the gunshot wound to his arm, then taken to jail. The sheriff says the homeowner was not charged in the incident because he was protecting his family and property. The shooting occurred around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.