Elizabethtown, N.C. — A retired North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper faces felony charges stemming from a Dec. 24 dispute in which he allegedly shot a father and son who were hunting in Bladen County, prosecutors said Friday.
Herbert Paul Weissinger, 55, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Thomas David Daughety Jr., 42, of Fayetteville, was shot in the stomach and arm, and his father Thomas David Daughety Sr., 64, of Parkton, was shot in the hand.
Bladen County sheriff's Capt. Rodney Hester said Weissinger confronted the pair about trespassing on his father-in-law's land, near U.S. Highway 701 and Beards Chapel Loop Road in Elizabethtown, and that there was a "physical altercation" before the gunfire.
In an interview with WRAL News, Thomas Daughety Sr. said he and his son had been hunting on state land that bordered the private property and that they never wandered onto Weissinger's father-in-law's land.
A witness said the pair had been running dogs when Weissinger approached them in an SUV, got out shouting obscenities and pulled a handgun during the dispute.
Bladen County District Attorney Jon David said in a statement Friday that the case will likely be presented to the grand jury next month.