JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said a man was trying to break up a fight between two of his nephews when he shot one of them in the head Sunday evening.
Ezell said the man is hospitalized at USA Medical Center in Mobile, AL, and his condition is unknown.
The fight reportedly broke out after a pit bull bit Tyrel Obiol at Derek Smith's home on Old Mobile Hwy. in Lucedale.
After the dog attack, Obiol allegedly left the home and returned with a hunting knife, threatening to stab his cousin. Ezell said Smith, 68, told deputies that's when he pulled out a .38 special handgun to break up the fight.
Smith told deputies he only meant to scare Obiol when he reportedly fired the gun near his head. Obiol was hit in the head, and his cousin drove him to Singing River Hospital. He was later transported to Mobile.
Ezell said Smith is awaiting his initial court appearance at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center.