Chattanooga man shot by his stepson survives, now sharing his story
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. —
A Chattanooga man shot in the chest by his own stepson survives.
Now, he's sharing his account of what happened that February morning for the first time.
Dale Edmonds hopes his message helps parents to stop being enablers toward their children.
"It was very traumatizing," said Edmonds as he relived that day.
He says his stepson told him often he wanted him dead, but on February 11 - it almost happened.
"He came through the door with the gun pointed at me like this," Edmonds said.
Edmonds says his other son, Alex, tried to stop Benn, but it was too late.
"As I was coming out the door, he looked me right in the eyes, and shot me," said Edmonds.
Edmonds says he thinks Benn did it after Edmonds told him he wanted him to move out of his house.
Edmonds says the drama got to be too much for him.
"He shot me in my upper right chest," said Edmonds.
Edmonds feels lucky to be alive.
"The bullet went in, it went down and hit my lungs and it did a U- turn, thank God. It did a U-turn and it come back up underneath my arms and it lodged in my back," Edmonds remembered.
Police tell us after Benn shot Edmonds, he sped off in a blue car and crashed into a house.
He went to the hospital and police later arrested him there for trying to kill his stepfather.
"He's still my son no matter what he did. I still love him and I'm still hopeful that things will go well with him," Edmonds said.
But, Edmonds say he'll never trust Benn again.
"It breaks my heart Scott that you did what you did," said Edmonds.
Edmonds says Chattanooga police came to his house three days after the shooting for a report of a burglary in progress.
Edmonds claims he was profiled during that incident.
The police department tells us they're investigating those claims.
Benn is charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Reckless Endangerment and Theft of Property.
His next court date is May 3.