Hampton man shoots son

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   A 23-year-old Hampton man is in the hospital after being shot Monday afternoon by his father during an argument at their residence.
   According to reports, Joshua N. Honeycutt, 112 D. Elliot Rd. was injured when his father shot him in the arm. Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Audrey Covington said Honeycutt sustained "minor wounds to his left forearm" as a result of the shooting.
   Honeycutt was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center for treatment and was listed in "good condition" Tuesday afternoon.
   Police were called to the scene shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday and the victim's brother told them their father had shot the victim and was still armed with a gun, later identified as a .40-caliber handgun, inside the home.
   Honeycutt's father, Marvin Honeycutt, 55, of the same address, surrendered to officers on the scene without incident, according to a report by CCSD Deputy Ivan Sluder.
   "(Marvin Honeycutt) stated to me after Miranda warning that he shot his son because his son had said he was going to blow the house up with him in it," Sluder said.
   According to Covington, the father is the one who wanted law enforcement officers and medical personnel alerted of the situation. "The father asked his other son to call 911," she said.
   Charges had not been placed in the shooting incident as of Tuesday afternoon. "We are looking at it as self defense right now," Covington said. "Our preliminary investigation indicates it was self defense because the son was charging the father. However, we are still investigating the incident so charges are pending at this time."