CRAB ORCHARD — A Lincoln County man was in the hospital this morning after being shot by his brother Monday afternoon.
Officials believe David Pelly, 47, suffered gunshot wounds to his leg, stomach and chest area during an altercation with brother Charles Pelly, 38, Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger said.
The argument began before 3 p.m. when David Pelly came to the home Charles Pelly shares with their mother off Ky. 643 in Crab Orchard. David was upset because a house payment that his mother usually mails for him was missing, Folger said.
Charles Pelly and their mother attempted to explain that the payment had been lost in the mail.
“David didn't want to hear nothing about that and couldn’t understand it,” Folger said.
Charles Pelly began to fear David Pelly would instigate an fight with him or his mother and went into a bedroom to retrieve a 9mm handgun, Folger said.
“Next thing you know, (David’s) been shot,” he said.
After firing, Charles Pelly set down the gun, went outside and called 911 for his brother, Folger said.
When Folger arrived on the scene, David Pelly was still responsive. Emergency medical services transported him to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville and later to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington. A report on his condition was not available this morning.
Officials arrested Charles Pelly without incident on a first-degree assault charge.
Folger said Charles Pelly was concerned about his mother’s safety and brother’s health before being taken to the Lincoln County Regional Jail.
“Charles was pretty remorseful for what he had done and wished that that day had never had happened,” Folger said.
Charles Pelly will be arraigned later this week in Lincoln District Court.