An 80-year-old Awendaw man was arrested Monday afternoon on charges that he pointed a gun at his son and pulled the trigger during an argument over money, an incident report stated.
Authur Lee Simmons' .22-caliber revolver didn't go off, according to the report from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. He eventually managed to fire two shots, but no one was hit, the document stated.
Simmons was jailed on a charge of attempted murder.
The incident unfolded around 2:40 p.m. at 1056 Martin George Lane, where Simmons' son lives in a mobile home. Simmons lives in a shed on the land, the report stated.
The area is just north of U.S. Highway 17 and Sewee Road.
Simmons later told deputies that he and his son, 49-year-old Authur Lee Simmons Jr., were arguing outside about money and that he didn't like being teased.
At some point during the fight, Authur Simmons pointed his F.I.E. E15 revolver at his son's chest and squeezed the trigger, the report stated.
He fired the two shots as his son and a friend were walking away, according to the document. Deputies responded to reports that he was firing the weapon into the air.
Simmons acknowledged to deputies that he had stashed his gun under a canvas behind the shed where he lives, the report stated. Deputies later found the firearm and noticed that it had been fired recently, they said.
Simmons was booked into the Cannon Detention Center, where he was held Tuesday in lieu of $50,000 bail.
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