Man arrested after allegedly shooting son
A Corydon man accused of shooting his son early Saturday was arrested and faces multiple felony charges.
According to Harrison County Sheriff Rodney (Rod) Seelye, the sheriff’s department was contacted by Harrison County Hospital at approximately 5 a.m. Saturday in regard to a shooting victim who was at the hospital.
When investigators arrived at HCH, they learned that 24-year-old Tad Byrd had allegedly been shot by his father, Rocky Byrd, 54, with a 12-gauge shotgun at point-blank range at their residence along Perseverance Chapel Road. Seelye said the son was driven to HCH by his mother.
The HCSD Emergency Response Team, negotiators, firefighters and Harrison County Emergency Medical Services went to the scene of the shooting then made contact with Rocky Byrd.
About 10 minutes later, without incident, Byrd surrendered and was taken into custody by the ERT team.
Rocky Byrd, who has a lengthy criminal history dating back to the 1990s, received preliminary charges of pointing a loaded firearm, possession of a loaded firearm by a serious violent felon and criminal recklessness with a firearm.
Seelye said additional charges against Rocky Byrd, who was allegedly on a six-day methamphetamine binge, may follow.
‘(Rocky) was heavily under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the shooting,’ Seelye said. ‘We live in an area that this is not a common occurrence. Especially with methamphetamine, when they are on a binge, they will stay up for several days on end ‘ sometimes a week ‘ and they do become extremely unpredictable and violent at times.’
Tad Byrd was later transported to University Hospital in Louisville with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the left hip and forearm. Seelye said the son is expected to make a full recovery.