New details from "wheelchair-bound uncle" shooting in Harrisburg


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Ultimately, it will be up to the District Attorney's Office to sort out the legal ramifications following a shooting last week in Harrisburg that involved a 79-year-old wheelchair-bound man in "a declining mental state."

The man is accused of shooting his nephew, leaving the nephew paralyzed from the legs down, according to a Baldwin County Sheriff's Office incident report. While the nephew was hospitalized, the uncle also "was sent to a hospital" and hasn't been arrested, according to Major Brad King with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office. The nephew was one of the elderly man's caretakers, added King. 

"We will prepare our case for the D.A. and then consult with their office," King said. "It's a delicate situation. The man is basically bedridden and has noticeable declining mental capacity."

According to the incident report, deputies responded en masse to 166 Newton Drive around 5 o'clock Friday afternoon and "obersrved the listed victim, Reginald Stevenson, laying on the ground. Stevenson was laying on his back in the roadway near the front bumper of a vehicle. Stevenson stated he had been shot in the back by his uncle."

Several other deputies then entered the home and spotted the uncle, "holding a pistol, pointing it at the direction of the door but not aimed." A deputy "gave loud verbal commands (for the man) to drop the gun, however he didn't not immediately comply." The man eventually lowered the gun, and deputies attempted to invertview him. He was "wearing an adult diaper" and "would repeatedly point out things in the room, in what he said was an effort to prove to me that he wasn't crazy."

Added the incident report: "He defecated on himself and repeatedly requested for me to clean him up."

It was the second time that deputies recently had responded to the home. During a previous call, the man relayed to deputies that "someone had broken into the house" and stated "when is all of this going to end."


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