Pittsburgh police: Man charged after father shoots him in Chartiers City

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About an hour before a man shot his son in Chartiers City, the younger man threatened his own grandmother and other relatives, Pittsburgh police said.

Marcus Jones, 24, remained in Allegheny General Hospital this morning, where he was listed in serious condition after police said he was shot in the left calf or thigh.

Police intend to charge him with burglary, theft, aggravated assault, criminal mischief and simple assault attempts by physical menace, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said in a news release.

Pittsburgh police received their first call this morning for an incident involving Mr. Jones about 3:30 a.m., when his 77-year-old grandmother told police he was trying to steal her car from her home in the 3700 block of Chartiers Avenue.

When police arrived, the woman told them she thought Mr. Jones was angry because she had tossed out his marijuana stash, Ms. Richard said.

The grandmother told police Mr. Jones ripped phone cords out of the walls in her home, picked up her TV and took her car keys, saying he intended to come back.

She also told police Mr. Jones threatened to hurt her, his father and his uncle, Ms. Richard said.

The woman called her son -- Mr. Jones' father -- who said he had called police because he was concerned about his mother's safety. Police did not release the name of Mr. Jones' father or grandmother.

When they did not find Mr. Jones, his grandmother went to her son's home on Hass Street "where she felt she'd spend the night and be safe from her grandson," Ms. Richard said.

About an hour after that initial call, Ms. Richard said, police received a call for shots fired from Mr. Jones' father's home in the 1400 block of Hass Street.

Mr. Jones' father told police that his son tried to kick in his front door. He held his 1-year-old grandson -- Mr. Jones' son -- in his left hand and his revolver in his right hand, then fired a warning shot as the door was about to break open, Ms. Richard said.

Police said Mr. Jones' father told them his son ran up the stairs, knocking over both the older man and his grandson. Mr. Jones punched his father multiple times tried to grab the gun, police said.

After Mr. Jones' father shot him, he took his grandmother's car keys and drove himself to the hospital, police said.

Mr. Jones' son was not injured and his father complained of "multiple aches and pains" but declined to let medics take him to the hospital, police said.

First Published December 3, 2013 8:22 AM


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